Bear Creek - Three people died and 10 were sickened early on Saturday after using cocaine laced with a potent pain killer in North Carolina, police said.
Investigators said the victims used powder cocaine mixed with the narcotic Fentanyl within hours of each other in Bear Creek and Siler City in central North Carolina, the Chatham County Sheriff Department said in a statement.
A Bear Creek man, Michael Currie, 42, died at his home while Randal Welch, 24, and Perry Saunders, 23, died at another residence in Bear Creek, the department said.
Four people were treated at the scenes and six were taken to hospitals. At least one of the hospitalised was in critical condition, the department said.
Cocaine and Fentanyl, which is used to treat sever pain, are especially dangerous when mixed together, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
Recently, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul hinted in an interview that he smoked marijuana in his youth, adding that voters should not confuse his push for reduced criminal penalties for drug offences as an endorsement of drug use.
Paul, who announced plans this week to seek re-election to the Senate in 2016 and is actively exploring whether to run for president, said he “wasn’t a choir boy” when asked by Louisville television station WHAS if he had used marijuana while in college.
“Let’s just say I wasn’t a choir boy when I was in college and that I can recognize that kids make mistakes, and I can say that I made mistakes when I was a kid,” Paul said in an interview broadcast recently.
Gulf Today/Dec. 7, 2014