Fatal Overdose Cases Caused By Bad Heroin Batch In Nassau
Nassau Police have issued a warning about bad batch of heroin found in Atlantic City, NJ over the past week. It was suspected to have caused the 10 overdoses, where six were fatal. They continue to monitor the drug outbreak.
Six overdose cases were reported on Wedensday between 4 to 10 p.m. Four of the overdosed addicts were revived with Narcan. Unfortunately, two were not able to make it.
According to Long Island News 12, Deputy Commissioner Patrick Ryder said the heroin was most likely cut with fentanyl or another additive. "It's not cut correctly, it's obviously killing people," he said as the bad batch caused the fatal overdoses.
Bags of heroin that were stamped as the "King of Death" were suspected to be responsible for the deaths. The bad batch of heroin was found at two of the scenes on Wednesday within Atlantic City. So far, the "King of Death" has not made its way to Long Island yet but authorities fear it won't be long before they do.
Steve Chassman, executive director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence said "This is an epidemic. The derivatives of fentanyl is making heroin all the more lethal."
Levittown Patch reported that Nassau Police have issued a statement asking local residents to be aware of the situation and immediately call 911 if a friend or neighbor is suspected of heroin use and experiencing an overdose. The Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force offers services for families who want to know more information about how they can help heroin addicts that they know. They can be reached online through their website www.heroinprevention.com.
The New York State Office of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) hotlines are available for inquiries and services as well. You may call 1-877-8-HOPE-NY (1-877-846-7369) or visit their website www.oasas.ny.gov. Or you may call the Nassau Alliance For Addiction Services (NAFAS) at 516-481-4000.