New Challenge in Shore’s Overdose Battle [AUDIO]
“We haven’t definitively labeled it as tainted,” said prosecutor’s office spokesman Al Della Fave. “We’re doing the right thing. We have two deaths in two days. The only prudent thing to do is to warn folks.”
Della Fave said the county is performing toxicology tests on the victims, but the results normally take some time to get back.
“We just don’t have that luxury of waiting to see if there’s any dangerous elements that are mixed into those stamps,” he said.
According to the prosecutor’s office, a 42-year-old Jersey City man was found unresponsive in the bathroom of the Stop N’ Shop in Point Pleasant on Jan. 10. The victim had suspected heroin in his possession and five additional wax folds stamped “Bud Light” on his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Jan. 11, inside the bathroom of a Seaside Heights residence, a 32-year-old male victim was also found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene. He too had wax folds of suspected heroin, stamped Bud Light.
“It’s tremendously frightening to have two deaths in two days with that same stamped product name,” Della Fave said.
He’s urging anyone with information on individuals selling the “Bud Light” heroin stamp to contact the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Operations Group at 732-929-2027, ext. 3235.
Ocean County had 112 overdose deaths in 2013.