Police were investigating Friday afternoon to determine what drug was involved in the incidents, which happened less than an hour apart.
Gwinnett County Police on Friday were investigating two deadly drug overdoses that happened within an hour of each other earlier in the day.
The overdoses happened in the Turtle Creek neighborhood near Lawrenceville, according to police.
The first call came in at 6:09 a.m. from a home on Turtle Creek Way. A caller told 911 that a young man was unresponsive. Officers and members of Gwinnett County Fire & Emergency Services responded to the home and found the man, who was pronounced dead.
At 6:53 a.m., a second call came in to a home on Turtle Creek Court. Officers responded to a report of a medical emergency and a second young man was pronounced dead at the home.
Police believe both men died from overdoses. They are still investigating what drug may have been involved.
Police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said the packaging in which drugs were found at both residences was similar. It involved a white sheet of paper folded into multiple squares to create an envelope and a much smaller piece of paper ripped up in the shape of a rectangle, she said.
“It is still possible that these overdose deaths were unintentional,” Pihera said. “It’s extremely important that we identify the source of this substance so investigators can try to prevent any future deaths.”
“Substance abuse and recreational use have far-reaching effects on not-only the victim but the victim’s family and friends as well,” she added in a news release. “Of course, it is always best to never even try drugs. 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.”
Police were withholding he names of the victims and exact addresses Friday afternoon until family members could be notified.
Anyone with information in the cases is asked to contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. They may also text tips to “Crimes” (274637).
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