This is the first in a series about the heroin epidemic in New Jersey. This week’s post explores the deadly effects of a particular brand of heroin. If you have been charged with a drug possession crime, Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC can help you avoid the most serious criminal penalties and get you the treatment you need.
NJ State Police recently issued a warning to New Jersey residents about a particularly deadly brand of heroin that is being sold throughout the state.
According to authorities, the batch of heroin that has been dubbed “Mega Million” named after the lottery game, by drug dealers and buyers is lethal and could endanger the lives of those who use it. According to testing conducted by NJ authorities, what makes this strain of heroin, so lethal is that it contains highly dangerous combinations of chemicals as ingredients. One of the most hazardous adulterants in the drug strain is fentanyl, which is an extremely strong pain reliever. When combined with fentanyl, heroin can cause the body to completely shut down, says Ocean County Prosecutor Joe Coronato.
The deadly brand of heroin is often easy to spot because it is typically packaged in folds that have been stamped and labeled as “Mega Million” so that consumers will know what they are in store for when they buy the illegal drug. NJ law enforcement hopes that the label will also serve as a warning to anyone thinking about purchasing this brand of heroin. Sometimes the drugs are not labeled at all, which poses an even greater health risks to users.
Although New Jersey police are understandably reluctant to come out so strongly against a particular brand or type of heroin – at the risk of making it appear that law enforcement is less critical of other types of heroin – authorities are willing to take that risk because they believe doing so could potentially save lives.
In recent months, the Mega Million heroin has resulted in a number of overdoses, some deadly, according to New Jersey State Police. The heroin overdoses have occurred all across New Jersey, including Bergen County, Morris County and Passaic County, which means that anyone who uses heroin in the Garden State is potentially at risk.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, such as heroin possession or marijuana possession, in New Jersey, it is vital that you are represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC today for a free consultation about your case.