New form of heroin blamed for 3 deaths in northern WC

Officials say a cheaper, more potent form of heroin is becoming increasingly popular and is now blamed for three deaths in less than a week in northern Westchester.

According to authorities, 21-year-old Gwendolyn Farrell was found dead by her parents in her bedroom Saturday, along with 22-year-old Thomas Plant, both of Yorktown. They say the causes of death are apparent overdoses on heroin.

The weekend tragedy follows the death of a 22-year-old Croton man who died of an overdose last week. Officials say two young people were also hospitalized in a separate incident after taking the drug.

Officials at the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence say their research shows heroin use among young people in the suburbs is on the rise, but that help is out there for those who need it.

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