Father and son die of drug overdoses after birthday party, police suspect opioids involved


After telling their significant others they were going out for a late night smoke, a father and son both turned up dead from drug overdoses after a birthday party Saturday night. The wife and girlfriend of the deceased grew nervous when they didn’t return, and ran downstairs to find them dead in front of their apartment building.

Joseph Andrade, 44, and his son Carlos, 22, had been inside with their wife and girlfriend at an apartment on 27th St. near Fourth Avenue in Greenwood when they both excused themselves around 3 a.m.

Carlos and his girlfriend were visiting from Maryland with their children, ages 1 and 4, according to a relative who refused to identify themselves. It’s not clear whose birthday was being celebrated.

The two men said they were going outside to smoke cigarettes but never returned.

The women eventually grew nervous and went outside to look for them and found the two lying in the street in front of the building.

The son’s body was discovered just inside the doorway, a relative said. He was blue in the face.

The women called 911 and responding officers administered Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of an overdose, and rushed them to Lutheran Medical where they died.

Police sources said it’s believed the men may have snorted a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.

“The father had a problem,” the neighbor said. “People knew. I was surprised Carlos was involved. He was a good son.”

A potent opioid, fentanyl was involved in 44 percent of overdose deaths in 2016. That’s up from 16 percent in 2015, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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