The police department in Greenville, North Carolina, has announced the confiscation of heroin from a recent arrest. Allegedly, the heroin was also laced with Fentanyl, which is a powerful type of pharmaceutical pain reliever. This extremely deadly strain of heroin has been blamed for hundreds of deaths up and down the northeastern Untied States. The 36-year-old man who police say was in possession of the drug has been charged with various drug trafficking offenses.
The dangers of Fentanyl-laced heroin are well documented. According to an emergency room doctor and advisor to the police department in Greenville, death from a Fentanyl-laced heroin overdose can happen just five or ten minutes after ingesting it. First, individuals who take the drug will appear disoriented. Next, their breathing will slow down and they will have symptoms of respiratory depression.