Quantcast

FAYETTEVILLE: Overdose prompts hazmat response - Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports - WNCT.com

2 hospitalized after being exposed to potent drug in Fayetteville

Posted: Updated:
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

Fayetteville police say they are still investigating a drug overdose that sent two women to the hospital and caused a large hazmat response Monday.

A man found his fiancé and their friend unconscious inside their home on Wilson Avenue Monday afternoon. He reported the women had received a package prior to becoming unresponsive.

"We didn't know what we had," explained Chief Harold Medlock late Tuesday afternoon. "The initial call for service came that an individual had opened a package and was overcome by vapors or fumes. At that point we take every precaution going in."

Fayetteville Emergency Management evacuated nearby homes and used water to rinse everyone who had been inside the home.

Medlock said Tuesday the women had taken a drug he described as a white powdery substance that was in a glass vial or tube. He believes the drug was heroin, possibly with acetyl fentanyl mixed in.

Both women were transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Medlock said they were in significantly better health at the hospital Tuesday.

Investigators are trying to determine how the women go the drug. Medlock said he believes a person or a mail service such as FedEx or UPS delivered the drug in a package.

Two children were also in the home and were rinsed with water as part of the decontamination efforts. The Department of Social Service did respond, but there was not word Tuesday about the location of the children.

Medlock said if the women did take acetyl fentanyl it would be the first time he has seen the drug in Fayetteville. However, the drug is something law enforcement and health care leaders have been aware of for a while.

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.

North Carolina officials say acetyl fentanyl is five times more potent than heroin and is to blame for three deaths last month in Sampson, Person and Transylvania counties.

An alert was issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control last June after Rhode Island officials reported 14 overdose deaths involving acetyl fentanyl last year. There have been other deaths in Pennsylvania, Louisiana and elsewhere.

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Parts of Durham once again flood as business owner looks for relief

    Parts of Durham once again flood as business owner looks for relief

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:20:30 GMT
    Several inches of rain created flooding in parts of Durham on Monday.
    Several inches of rain created flooding in parts of Durham on Monday.
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
  • Durham worker says he was let go after receiving back pay

    Durham worker says he was let go after receiving back pay

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:32:25 GMT
    Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck for more than six weeks of work.Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck for more than six weeks of work.
    A Durham man said he was let go by his employer after finally getting a paycheck that he'd waited six weeks to receive.
    A Durham man said he was let go by his employer after finally getting a paycheck that he'd waited six weeks to receive.
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

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