Friday, March 21, 2014

Authorities Issue Warning About Deadly Street Drug, Fentanyl

Posted: Mar 20, 2014 4:30 PM EDTUpdated: Mar 20, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

MEDIA, Pa. -

District Attorney Jack Whelan, Marcus Hook Police Chief John Ireland and the Delaware County Medical Examiner Dr. Fredric Hellman have issued a warning regarding Fentanyl, a deadly, synthetic opioid narcotic that has claimed the life of a Delaware County woman.

Delaware County Medical Examiner Dr. Fredric Hellman said toxicology results returned on March 19 indicated that the recent death of a 30-year-old Marcus Hook woman was the result of the intravenous administration of pure Fentanyl. The name on the packet is "Black Dahlia," and the substance was packaged in a blue glassine packet with red lettering. According to Dr. Hellman, this is the first case in 2014 involving a death from pure Fentanyl. Fentanyl can come in the form of powder, pill or patch and has been known to be snorted or injected into the bloodstream. Authorities are warning the community that the use of this lethal drug will result in death.

"These drugs are manufactured in clandestine labs by criminals, and every single packet has the potential to kill the user," warned District Attorney Jack Whelan. "Those who believe they are purchasing heroin end up with a much more dangerous drug that is 100 percent pure and, when ingested, rapidly shuts down the central drive for breathing, resulting in death."

The Delaware County Heroin Task Force continues its efforts to educate and prevent the use of heroin and abuse of prescription drugs. "We are moving forward on many fronts to combat the heroin epidemic that has plagued Delaware County," said District Attorney Jack Whelan, chairman of the Heroin Task Force. "We are determined to do everything possible to protect our children, our families and our communities from the devastating effects of drug addiction." For more information visit the Heroin Task Force website at

Residents who have any information concerning illegal drugs should contact the Marcus Hook Police Department at 610-485-1611 or the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division at 610-891-4700

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