Two cocaine-related overdose deaths of men who had been hanging out together has prompted SPD to issue a warning about the dangers of Fentanyl, an increasingly popular and sometimes dangerously powerful opiate.
According to the SPD report on the incident, a 38-year-old man died early Saturday morning at an East Denny Way apartment of an apparent drug overdose. A man and a woman interviewed in the death investigation told police they had last seen the victim the day before when he told them he had been using Fentanyl.
Later Saturday, that same man who was interviewed by police also died of an apparent overdose and the woman was hospitalized after telling police she and her fiance had been using cocaine that was possibly laced with Fentanyl.
While the official causes of death will be issued by the King County Medical Examiner, SPD spokesperson Sean Whitcomb’s report on the incident called the two related deaths “very concerning” and warned that using drugs like cocaine and Fentanyl can have “lethal consequences.”
Original Post: 5/31/2011 3:57 PM — Seattle Police today released information on two Saturday deaths that investigators believe may be linked to Fentanyl-laced cocaine overdoses. CHS has been looking into the deaths and can report that both occurred on Capitol Hill — the Denny Way address listed in the SPD report is not correct.
While the official cause of death has not yet been announced, investigators believe both cases are cocaine overdoses.
On May 28th at 12:55 a.m., East Precinct patrol officers responded to a report of a death investigation at an apartment in the 600 block of Denny Way.
The 38 year old male victim had possibly died of an overdose. Officers interviewed the man’s two acquaintances, a 25 year old man and a 25 year old woman. The two disclosed that they had had last seen the victim at around 2:30 a.m. the previous morning. The two also disclosed that the victim had told him that he had been using Fentanyl, a very powerful opiate.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene to conduct their own investigation.
Later the same day, East Precinct patrol officers responded to another death investigation, this time at an apartment in the. The 25 year old victim was the same acquaintance who was present during the previous death investigation. The 25 year old woman was as well. She reported to officers that she and the victim used cocaine, possibly laced with Fentanyl, since their last contact with officers. They both went to sleep and she woke up to find the victim, her fiancé, dead. Out of an abundance of caution, officers requested a Seattle Fire medic response. Medics arrived and transported the woman to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to this scene as well.
While toxicology reports are pending, it is very concerning that these two fatal overdoses occurred hours apart.
Area residents who use cocaine and/or Fentanyl should be aware of the lethal consequences. Do not hesitate to call 911 for emergency medical assistance in the event an overdose is encountered.