- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - Public Health - Seattle and King County officials are warning residents against using cocaine after two deaths this week may be linked to cocaine contaminated with a potentially deadly synthetic drug.

Officials said Friday night in a news release that the King County Medical Examiner’s Office did two autopsies on women who appear to have died from ingesting cocaine laced with acetylfentanyl.

Health Officer Jeff Duchin says acetylfentanyl is at least five times stronger than heroin and stronger than prescription fentanyl and that when snorted or injected, it can kill quickly.

Officials say the people who died snorted cocaine. Health officials suspect that the two women were exposed to the same batch of drug.

Officials are trying to learn where the drug may have been acquired and if other drugs may have played a role.

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