Westchester Drug Deaths Blamed On Dirty Heroin

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Dirty heroin is being blamed for a rash of recent overdose deaths in Westchester County.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports two of the deaths and a near overdose were in Yorktown.

“Well, this is a type of heroin that is coming out of Mexico, it’s called Black Tar. It goes under the street name of Avatar and White China,” said Yorktown Police Lieutenant Kevin Soravilla.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi with details on the lethal batch of heroin.

Soravilla said he’s worried and they’re trying to get to the source.

“It’s not only that it’s habit forming and extremely addictive, in cases of this Mexican Tar…you’re really playing with death. Very lethal, synthetic form of Heroin,” said Soravilla.

The heroin is cheap, said Soravilla, which makes it more accessible.

In the meantime, he’s warning parents to be on the look out for warning signs that their children might be taking drugs.

  • Steve I.

    This article is typical uninformed, un-researched, butt-poor quality reporting:
    The heroin is not killing people because it is “dirty”, i.e. adulterated with toxins; if people are overdosing the heroin is very high quality (read: strong w/ very little cut).
    The photo is not the “black tar” that is discussed in the article, it is regular refined powdered heroin.
    Neither is it “synthetic”;- heroin is derived from naturally-occurring morphine in the poppy plant, and the aforementioned black tar is cruder and less refined than powdered heroin making it even further removed from “synthetic”.
    Drugs such as fentanyl and demerol are true synthetics (opiods) in that they act on the opiate mu receptors in the brain but do not share the basic chemical structure of naturally-derived opiates.

  • driveangry

    slow day at work mike?

  • Mike

    This is ridiculous. Aren’t there already enough things in this world to be concerned about? Now I need to be worried that the heroin I’m buying is some sort of health risk?! Unreal!

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