“King of Death” Heroin Kills Two In Atlantic City, Police Issue Warning
Police in Atlantic City are warning the public that heroin stamped with the name King of Death has been responsible for the deaths of two persons, and four additional, nearly fatal overdoses.
On Wednesday, between the hours of 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., officers and and first responders were called to help six heroin overdose victims. According to the department, two died, and four were revived using the overdose reversal drug Narcan.
In addition to the two fatalities, another four died of drug overdoses in the days leading up to this incident.
The drug is also believed responsible for another near-fatality in Manchester, according to a spokeperson for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s office. The overdose victim was revived with Narcan, and heroin stamped with King of Death was found at the scene.
From an Atlantic City Police Facebook post:
“Although any heroin use can be deadly, we have seen an increase in heroin overdoses in the last week resulting in at least six deaths.”
Police urges anyone who suspects that someone is overdosing to call 911. The also provided information on the STEPS addiction treatment program at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City Campus, and how it can help people who are fighting opioid addiction.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Jersey experienced a marked increase in heroin overdoses between 2014-2015 – nearly 1,500 persons died from overdoses.
Also, nationwide there were more than 33,000 overdose deaths related to opioids, including prescription drugs, heroin, and the synthetic painkiller fentanyl.
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful opioid that may be up to 50 times more potent than heroin itself, and is now commonly found on the streets either disguised as heroin or laced into it. Even a small amount of fentanyl has the potential to induce a fatal overdose.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology