Mass overdose events in United States, DEA warns


from: Grace Reader, Nextstar Media Wire



(KXAN) — The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sent a letter to law enforcement agencies across the country last week ahead of “mass overdose events” caused by fentanyl.

“Smoked some crack last night,” said one man affected by homelessness KXAN News in Austin while watching his girlfriend being loaded onto a stretcher during this mass overdose event. “I opened her eyes, tugged on her arms and she didn’t respond.”

The DEA found that more people died from fentanyl-related overdoses in the United States last year than gun-related and auto-related deaths combined.

The letter detailed several mass drug overdose events that have occurred across the country since the beginning of the year.

  • January 28: 10 people overdosed, nine of whom died in the same Washington DC city block after taking crack cocaine mixed with fentanyl
  • February 5th to 7th: Eight people overdosed and seven of them died in an apartment complex in St. Louis, Missouri after taking crack cocaine mixed with fentanyl
  • February 6th: Four people overdosed and two died in an apartment complex in Omaha, Nebraska after taking what they believed to be cocaine but with fentanyl mixed in
  • 20. February: Six people overdosed and five died in an apartment in Commerce City, Colorado after taking what they thought was cocaine but was actually pure fentanyl
  • 3 March: In Cortez, Colorado, three people overdosed and one died in a hotel room after taking oxycodone pills they thought were oxycodone pills but were actually counterfeit pills containing fentanyl
  • 4th of March: Twenty-one people overdosed in Austin, Texas, at a homeless shelter. According to the DEA, people used crack cocaine and fentanyl-laced methamphetamine — three people died
  • March 10: Six people overdosed at a rental property in Wilton Manors, Fla., after the DEA said they were “exposed” to cocaine, which they believed was cocaine, but which contained fentanyl

If you or someone you know needs substance abuse help, you can call them Administration of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Hotline at (800) 662-HELP (4357). Mass overdose events in United States, DEA warns

John Verrall

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