The cause of a 13-year-old-boy’s death in June has finally been conclusively revealed as the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office released a press statement regarding the results of their investigations. The teen died of heroin and fentanyl overdose.
It was not clear how Vincent Weiner got hold of the said drugs. His mother, Jamie Lund, issued a passionate plea to the public to find out who is cruelly supplying such young children as her son with deadly drugs.
Lund wrote in a Facebook post: “Anyone, anyone who has any information on where he got it, please, please, please contact me or Chief Leusner or (any) of the officers of the Middle Township Police Department. Whoever is supplying these babies with drugs, needs to be stopped! My heart is broken, shattered into a million pieces.”
Weiner, a student at the Middle Township Middle School, was found unresponsive in bed on June 4 in a Rio Grande home. His mother said Weiner had been bullied in school weeks before his shocking death. Weiner was part of his school’s wrestling team and was also a Cub Scout. Lund pointed to her son’s “unusual behavior” in school weeks prior to his death. She also shared that they discovered that Weiner had been inflicting harm on himself by cutting. Lund said that stories of bullying, with Weiner's victim, then started coming out in her son’s school.
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful and deadly controlled substance, approximately 100 times even more potent than heroin. Remarkable increase in cases of death overdose where fentanyl is present has been noticeable.
Fentanyl could be availed legally in various forms such as intravenous injections, skin patches, dissolving oral films, lozenges or pills. In majority of illegal use cases, fentanyl is converted into powdered form by drug distributors and are mixed in dangerous, unmeasured levels with heroin.