Heroin that killed 2 men may be cut with potent synthetic opiate

LULING, LA (WVUE) - Law enforcement issued a warning about a "bad batch" of heroin that investigators believe killed two men Tuesday.

While they don't know for sure yet, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said there are concerns the heroin may have been cut with Fentanyl. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate that can be fatal. It's estimated to be 100 times more potent than heroin.

Champagne said not much surprises him these days, but this is a first.

"Usually you'll see a single person will die of an overdose, but two simultaneously indicates the obvious - that something obviously must be wrong with what they took," he said.

Investigators found two men dead at a home on Paul Frederick Street in Luling on Tuesday. They believe they both injected tainted heroin around the same time.

"I couldn't remain silent, because if we found out that somebody's daughter OD'd today and it turned out to be the same stuff, well we had to say something about it," Champagne said.

Autopsies on the men are pending.

"I felt compelled to put this message out to the public to hopefully reach other drug abusers who may have gotten some of this same batch of heroin or whatever it may be," Champagne said.

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