Two Fayetteville women sickened after being exposed to potent heroin inside package
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Two women in Fayetteville were knocked unconscious after authorities say they opened a package containing heroin laced with acetyl fentanyl.
It happened at home at Wilson Avenue around 3 p.m. Monday.
The victims were overcome and knocked unconscious by the fumes coming out of the package. They were then taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
Fayetteville Police Capt. Anthony Kelly told WTVD that officers and firefighters responded to a call of a suspicious package.
Kelly said investigators are trying to determine how the women ingested the heroin.
On the street, the acetyl fentanyl combo is called “china white.” Police say it is as lethal as it is potent.
Last week, state DHHS officials released a statement warning the drug is up to five times more potent than heroin, and suspected in three recent deaths in North Carolina.
Nationwide reports say heroin laced with fentanyl is stronger, cheaper and more desirable on the street. However, a user who overdoses can quickly lose consciousness, and stop breathing.
Police said one of the victim’s fiancé found them unconscious and on the floor, and called 911. That may have saved their lives.
Two young children were also in the home at the time of the incident.
More than 80 people have died in recent weeks from injecting heroin laced with acetyl fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate that resembles heroin but is considered more potent.