3 dead in NC from dangerous new mix of synthetic heroin - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

3 dead in NC from dangerous new mix of synthetic heroin

Posted: Updated:
GREENVILLE, N.C. - A dangerous mix of synthetic heroin is making its way into North Carolina.

3 people died in Sampson, Person and Transylvania counties.
     
The drug is known as acetyl fentanyl.

Health officials say it's an illegal drug becoming a very serious public threat. It's 5 times more potent than heroin and not available by prescription in the U.S.

"What makes this more harmful than normal is it's a much stronger version and it's easier to OD on because you're not used to the potency of this type of drug," said Lt. Chad Suggs, Pitt County Sheriff's Office.

Pitt County detectives say they've seen a spike in heroin use over the past few years. They're currently investigating three overdose deaths to determine if they're connected to the acetyl fentanyl.
     
It's also appeared in 3 other states.
  • NewsMore>>

  • Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

    Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:11:42 GMT
    Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives.
    The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. Two crew...
  • American identifies cleric in US terrorism case

    American identifies cleric in US terrorism case

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:51:27 GMT
    A New York jury has heard two widely differing descriptions of an Egyptian imam accused of carrying out terrorism offenses while he led a London mosque.
    A Seattle man told a jury Friday that an Egyptian cleric on trial on terrorism charges is the "very angry" imam he met in London years ago.
  • Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

    Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

    In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.
    In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.
  • StateMore>>

  • USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections

    USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:07:31 GMT
    The federal government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the U.S. last year.
    The federal government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the U.S. last year.
  • Feds: NC saw nearly 20k more find jobs in March

    Feds: NC saw nearly 20k more find jobs in March

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:03:22 GMT
    A new federal report says North Carolina workers are finding more doors opening to jobs.
    A new federal report says North Carolina workers are finding more doors opening to jobs.
  • Durham Rescue Mission provides meals, baskets to needy

    Durham Rescue Mission provides meals, baskets to needy

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:59:34 GMT
    The Durham Rescue mission and dozens of volunteers are preparing Easter meals and putting together baskets for those in need for the annual Easter Community Pig Pickin’ Dinner and Easter Basket Giveaway.
    The Durham Rescue mission and dozens of volunteers are preparing Easter meals and putting together baskets for those in need for the annual Easter Community Pig Pickin’ Dinner and Easter Basket Giveaway.
  • Mugshots

Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.