Two men in their 20s remained hospitalized Thursday, one still in intensive care, after they overdosed earlier this week from injections of the powerful prescription painkiller fentanyl.
The names of the men have not been released by police, who continue to investigate and already have arrested three city women in connection with one of the cases.
One of the women, Judy D. Hundshamer, described by investigators as a "low-level drug dealer," has been charged with injecting the drug in one of the cases and is being investigated for the other injection.
Capt. Richard L. Podgers told The Buffalo News that Hundshamer, 53, of Lock Street, was injecting people who came to her house for the drug.
"She gets these fentanyl patches from a source," he said. "She then rips these patches open, takes out the gel and then [dilutes] it in the spoon, draws the mixture out and then injects it."
She and two other women, Kyla A. Mericle, 22, of the same address, and April A. Mosier, 34, of Park Lane Circle, have been charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of the drug and possession of a hypodermic needle. Hundshamer also was charged with two felonies, injection of a narcotic and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for purpose of sale.
The three women called police to the Lock Street home at 8 a.m. Wednesday when a man in his 20s had a reaction to the injection and stopped breathing. That man has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room, according to staff at the hospital.
Investigators said another man was injected Tuesday at the Lock Street home, then left, but later had a reaction that put him into intensive care, where he remained Thursday.
An investigation is continuing by city police and the Niagara County Drug Task Force.