Woman dies after she and 4 workers overdosed at NJ mall
HACKENSACK — One of the five women who overdosed on fentanyl in a car parked at the Shops at Riverside has died, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.
The women aged 29 to 41 were found passed out on fentanyl inside a car in the parking garage on March 15. Four were hospitalized and one refused after they were all revived using Naloxone (Narcan).
An unnamed law enforcement source initially told NBC 4 New York and other outlets that two people have been charged. However, in a release Friday no mention was made of any arrests.
The woman was identified by Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella as Michelle Edoo, 29, of Bergenfield. She died at Hackensack University Medical Center on March 18.
Musella said that Edoo was using cocaine that had fentanyl mixed in it.
“We send our condolences to Ms. Edoo’s family and to all of the families who have lost a loved one from a drug-related overdose. We must sound the alarms. You have to assume that any drug bought on the street – whether powder or pill – contains fentanyl and can kill you," Musella said in a statement.
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Musella did not disclose the identities of anyone of the other women who overdosed.
A GoFundMe page said Edoo worked at the Cheesecake Factory with the other women who overdosed. She had a daughter named Ava and was a nursing student.
"She was always smiling, laughing, and cracking jokes. She always supported and pushed the people she loved and cared for toward their dreams. She spoke with genuine love and compassion for anyone she spoke with; and was always willing to help with a loving hand or a listening ear," the organizers of the page, the CCF Fam, wrote.
Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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