3 Dead In Seattle: Police Warns People Of The Pure Heroin Threat

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Jan 10, 2017 07:21 AM EST

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ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - FEBRUARY 06: Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin on February 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury Vermont. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin recently devoted his entire State of the State speech to the scourge of heroin. Heroin and other opiates have begun to devastate many communities in the Northeast and Midwest leading to a surge in fatal overdoses in a number of states. As prescription painkillers, such as the synthetic opiate OxyContin, become increasingly expensive and regulated, more and more Americans are turning to heroin to fight pain or to get high. Heroin, which has experienced a surge in production in places such as Afghanistan and parts of Central America, has a relatively inexpensive street price and provides a more powerful affect on the user. New York City police are currently investigating the death of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who was found dead last Sunday with a needle in his arm. (Photo : Getty Images/Spencer Platt)

After several cases of drug overdoses, Seattle police has been warning addicts of the dangerously pure heroin available in the markets these days. Three people died of heroin overdose around the same area on January 6, 2017 while the fourth has been admitted to the Harborview Medical Center for treatment. All the deaths happened within hours of each other.

The medics reported to the 7800 block of Aurora Avenue North at 11:18 a.m. to find two people unresponsive in a parked car. Both of them died. Medics also reported to the 900 block of North 80th Street at 1:23 p.m., and then to the 900 block of North 102nd Street at 1:40 p.m on the same day. However, only one of the victims survived.

Earlier, the Seattle Times had reported that the heroin consumed by the victims had a dangerous purity level. The heroin was also laced with fentanyl - a potent synthetic opioid. The people buying this particular batch of heroin are under threat of fatal outcomes. The police suspect that all the victims bought heroin from the same person, as they were found geographically close to each other.

The Fox News reported that bicycle officers were canvassing the Aurora Avenue North corridor (where all the incidents have happened), and warning those with substance abuse issues of the danger of using heroin of such purity level.

Sgt. Sean Whitcomb asked the people that under the state's good Samaritan law, those who call 911 to report an overdose case need not be afraid of prosecution. Anyone who wishes to dispose off heroin or other drugs in their possession can also call 911 or contact officers at one of the city's five precincts.

Those who have drug abuse problems are advised to not do it alone and have at least one sober person around. Whitcomb also said, "Have someone who can call 911 and start CPR. We have naloxone. We can save your life - we just need to be called."

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