Fatal overdose fourth in spree attributed to dangerous heroin supply

(UPDATE – 10:30 a.m.) — Carmel police are now reporting a fatal heroin overdose that occurred on Sunday, the fourth in a recent spree that had previously not caused any deaths.

A 25-year-old man from Mahopac, N.Y., overdosed on heroin Sunday, Carmel police Chief Michael Johnson said in a news release.

Johnson had previously issued a release warning of bags stamped with particular labels found at each overdoes scene. In his more recent release, he said a third stamp was identified in the fatal overdose and advised that “it does not matter what stamp is on the heroin packets.”

“There is definitely an immediate problem with the supply of heroin that is being distributed in the area,” he said in a release.

A meeting of area law enforcement is being planned to coordinate a combined response to the issue, he said.

CARMEL,N.Y. — Police in Carmel, N.Y., on Monday issued a press release warning of a trend of overdoses traceable to a particular batch of heroin they hope users will avoid.

Heroin bags stamped with the labels “Rich and Fxxx” or “Wass up” have turned up at the scene of three recent overdoses and police fear the batch they came from could cause further harm if people continue to use it.

“It seems that this may be a reoccurrence of multiple heroin overdoses that happened in northern Westchester and Putnam Counties nine months ago resulting in multiple deaths,” Carmel Police Chief Michael Johnson said in a news release.

None of the three overdoses in Carmel were fatal.

Dennis O'Malley