Gwinnett County PD report two overdose deaths Friday morning

(Lawrenceville, Georgia)  The Gwinnett County Police Department Criminal Investigations Section reported two overdose deaths this morning occurred in the same neighborhood, within .3 miles from one another in the unincorporated Lawrenceville area of Gwinnett. Police are currently investigating the drug that caused the deaths and believe that the deaths likely were unintentional, but say it is important that the source of the substance be identified.

Wrapping of drugs believed to have caused the deaths of two residents in Gwinnett County on May 26, 2017. Photo by Gwinnett County Police Department

“It’s extremely important that we identify the source of this substance so investigators can try to prevent any future deaths,” Cpl. Michele Pihera, public information officer for GCPD said in a press release. “As they compared the events at both locations, they found a similarity in the drug packaging at both homes.  According to the officers at the scene, the drug packaging appears to be a white sheet of paper folded up into multiple squares to create an envelope.  The second paper is much smaller and is ripped up into the shape of a rectangle.”

GCPD report that the first call was a 6:09 a.m. Friday, May 26, from a home on Turtle Creek with the caller telling 911 that a young man was unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead. The second call came in as a medical call less than a hour later and in that case another young man was later pronounced dead. Names and addresses of victims are being withheld pending notification to next of kin.

“Substance abuse and recreational use have far-reaching effects on not-only the victim but the victim’s family and friends as well.  Of course, it is always best to never even try drugs,” Pihera said in the release. “But, for those battling addiction and who need help, we encourage you to seek treatment and counseling at the many treatment centers in the Gwinnett and Atlanta areas.  A simple phone call to a treatment center may be the first step in saving a life.”

If anyone has any information to share in this case, you are asked to contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.  You can also text your tip to “Crimes” (274637).  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Case Numbers:  17-048053, 17-048060

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