Major action launched into Amsterdam fake cocaine deaths

Warnings in Amsterdam
"Signs like this one at Amsterdam Central Station warn tourists of the fatal drug problem facing the city (photo: Zack Newmark / NL Times)"Signs like this one at Amsterdam Central Station warn tourists of the fatal drug problem facing the city (photo: Zack Newmark / NL Times)

The City of Amsterdam has made it their priority to warn the public against a potentially fatal concoction of heroine and painkillers currently circulating Amsterdam. Three drug-related fatalities have been reported thus far, and 14 others have become seriously ill after using heroin they thought was cocaine

In each case, the drugs purchased were "white heroin," when they were told they were buying cocaine.

A new major action has been launched by Amsterdam in safeguarding it's citizens and thousands of tourists visiting the city against this lethal drug, a city spokesperson told the NL Times.

Public Prosecution Service (Openbaar Ministerie), the police, the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD), local hospitals, the advisory body Adviesbureau Drugs, Ambulance Amsterdam and the narcotics research and information centre Jellinek, have all collaborated to do what they can in preventing any further usage of the so called "white heroin". This unique situation calls for special measures to be taken by the city.

The city has also requested that all Amsterdam-based businesses frequented by young tourists, issue warning about the lethal concoction to their customers by clearly displaying posters and distributing leaflets. Already on Friday, bars up and down the Warmoesstraat and in the Red Light District in Amsterdam Centrum had notifications from the city in their windows.

It is suspected that the culprit is a street dealer, possibly unaware of the drugs they are selling. The police investigation is said to be an absolute priority to track down the perpetrator.

In addition to the warnings, the city spokesperson said they also want to remind the public that anyone seeking medical assistance following any drug use can do so without risking prosecution.

 

 

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