GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - A new form of heroin, Acetyl Fentanyl a.k.a "China White", has caused deaths in four states, including North Carolina. The question now is; has it made its way to our area?
"China White" is a new drug, which consists of heroin mixed with Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a strong prescription narcotic. Experts say "China White" can be 5 times more potent than heroin alone.
The drug has been linked to deaths in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and North Carolina. There have been three deaths in our state, in Person, Sampson and Transylvania counties.
"We don't have any confirmed cases of death by this in Pitt County yet, we have three deaths that are under investigation, we're awaiting toxicology reports," said Chad Suggs, Lt. of Major Crimes for the Pitt County Sheriff's Office.
Officials say heroin use is on the rise in Pitt County, due to prescription drug use. "When they get to a point where they're unable to afford those prescription drugs, or they're unable to get a doctor to prescribe them, then they can go to heroin, which is a cheap alternative," said Lt. Suggs.
Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb says the drug is illegal country-wide.