SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) — Washington state deputies have warned residents of fentanyl usage after two 16-year-old boys died of overdoses.
KOMO-TV reported Wednesday that the King County Sheriff's Office issued a public warning Tuesday.
Authorities say Lucas Beirer died Monday after his family confirms he took a counterfeit Percocet pill laced with fentanyl. The other student died Aug. 11.
Authorities say they believe both teens likely ingested what they thought were legitimate oxycodone tablets that turned out to be counterfeit drugs.
An investigation is ongoing.
King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht says there have been five probable overdoses in the last few days involving oxycodone-like blue pills containing fentanyl.
Sammamish Police and the Issaquah School District have planned an Oct. 16 community event to raise awareness and offer resources and information to parents.
Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/