DEA issues press release warning of mass overdose events involving fentanyl. Mass-overdose events occur when three or more overdoses take place at the same location and close in time. These mass-overdose events are mainly attributed to dealers selling drugs claiming to be cocaine or selling pills that look identical to legitimate prescription pills and instead, are fake and contain a deadly dose of fentanyl. Mass overdose-events have occurred in the following cities: Wilton Manors, Florida; Austin, Texas; Cortez, Colorado; Commerce City, Colorado; Omaha, Nebraska; St. Louis, Missouri; and Washington, D.C.
This warning comes out on the heels of the release of provisional data from the CDC which reports that over 105,000 people died of a drug overdose in a 12-month period, which is the highest number of overdose deaths ever reported. Fentanyl is fueling this overdose crisis with two-thirds of these overdoses attributed to fentanyl or other synthetic opioids. Help spread the word that #OnePillCanKill and raise awareness that any drug not directly obtained from a legitimate pharmacy should be assumed as deadly. Check out the following resources: