Father and son go for a smoke.
Joseph Andrade, 44, and his son Carlos, 22, were found struggling for breath outside the father’s apartment building in Brooklyn around 3am Sunday, and neither survived despite attempts to resuscitate them.
Carlos was visiting from Maryland with his girlfriend and children for a family birthday party.
Jasmin Santos, the 23-year-old mother of Carlos’ 11-month-old and 4-year-old sons, grew worried when the two men disappeared after going outside, and found Carlos just inside the building’s doorway with his face turning purple, the New York Daily News reported.
Investigators suspect the pair snorted a mix of heroin and fentanyl.
First responders administered Narcan, which counteracts the effects of opioids, and the father and son were rushed to Lutheran Hospital, about two miles away.
Life saving measures were not effective and they were pronounced dead at around 4.10am.
Police were seen later Sunday morning investigating a red plastic baggie on the sidewalk near the scene of the incident.
Neighbors and family members told the New York Post that Carlos was a devoted father to his young sons, and wasn’t known to have a history with drugs.
Joseph, on the other hand, had a checkered past with respect to illicit substances, those sources said.
‘The father had a problem,’ a neighbor said. ‘People knew. I was surprised Carlos was involved. He was a good son.’
An investigation is ongoing and the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
Opioids kill an average of 92 people each day across the US. Last week, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency.