‘K Powdered Milk’ drug blend suspected in string of weekend deaths in Bangkok

At least seven mysterious Bangkok deaths over the weekend are being blamed on a dangerous new drug cocktail blending common party drugs with pills and hardcore narcotics.

Between Saturday and Sunday, at least seven people were found dead and others unconscious at residences around the Rama III Road area. Police this morning said the deaths may be linked to a new drug cocktail known on the street as “K powdered milk,” a heart-stopping blend of ketamine, heroin, speed and sleeping pills.

“We are still investigating and haven’t decided on the cause of death yet. We are waiting for autopsies from Chulalongkorn Hospital,” a Wat Phraya Krai police officer who did not identify himself said by phone Monday.  

Rescue workers last night found two 24-year-old women dead at a residence on Soi Chan 30 in the Sathon district. Both worked at an undisclosed nearby nightlife venue on Charoen Rat Road and had returned home Saturday night with two men, who were barely conscious but survived. Police said they found no sign of struggle and several packages of narcotics at the scene.

Investigators said the circumstances were similar to two other cases. In one, a woman was found dead at a home in Soi Charoen Rat 7 with her boyfriend, who was unconscious. Another 20 year-old man living in the same street was found dead in his bedroom. Also Sunday, a 19-year-old female “nightlife worker,” likely a police euphemism for sex worker, was found dead on Soi Ratchadaphisek 18 as were two men in the Lumphini and Rama III areas. 

Two men found barely conscious in Soi Chan 30 were brought in for questioning at the Watprayakrai Police Station. Police are investigating.

On social media, there were unconfirmed reports of additional related fatalities, but police at several stations neither confirmed nor denied the reports this morning.

Tests from a sample of the drugs found it consisted of sodium thiopental, a compound used for executions in the United States, as well as powerful anesthetic pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride, according to Weerachai Phutdhawong, a chemistry professor at Kasetsart University. Weerachai said they are not inherently toxic but can stop the heart in excessive quantities.

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