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Posted on: June 23, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Police Urge Caution About Fatal Drugs

June 23, 2015 – Roanoke Valley law enforcement agencies, through the HIDTA Drug Task Force, want to increase public awareness of the need for caution relating to the use of heroin and similar controlled substances.

Since May 1, 2015, law enforcement from Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem have responded to eleven (11) illegal drug-related overdose incidents. Of these incidents, three have resulted in fatalities of the user and one left the user in an irreversible coma, which later died from a medical decision made by their relatives. Interviews with the survivors revealed that each had purchased and used a product which they believed to be Heroin.

The Virginia State Laboratory has tested two specifically marked products “COCK DEISEL” and “GRAND SLAM.” Both products tested were found to be nearly pure Fentanyl. All three deaths and the irreversible coma were a result of the victims using one of these two products.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) describes Fentanyl as being about 100 times more potent than morphine as an analgesic. It rapidly crosses the blood-brain barrier. It is similar to products like morphine or oxycodone in that it produces analgesia, sedation, respiratory depression, nausea, and vomiting. Fentanyl is considered a dangerous substitute for heroin due to its increased potency. It frequently results in higher overdose incidents which can lead to respiratory depression and death.

If you have information related to these products, please contact the Roanoke Valley Drug Task Force at 777-8624.

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