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Warning of ‘mass overdose’ from fentanyl-laced drugs after death of 29 and ‘many don’t know what they’re taking’

Federal authorities have warned of an unprecedented nationwide spike in fentanyl-related overdose deaths this year.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration sounded the alarm this week after top drugs fentanyl caused multiple drug overdoses in American cities, resulting in the deaths of 29 people.

Drug overdoses are skyrocketing, in part because drugs are increasingly being laced with fentanyl

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Drug overdoses are skyrocketing, in part because drugs are increasingly being laced with fentanylPhoto credit: Getty
The US federal government has allocated resources to local law enforcement agencies in their efforts to respond to and investigate mass drug overdoses

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The US federal government has allocated resources to local law enforcement agencies in their efforts to respond to and investigate mass drug overdosesPhoto credit: Getty

in one press release On Wednesday, when DEA Administrator Anne Milgram issued the alert, she offered federal agency assistance to law enforcement agencies tasked with responding to these overdoses.

“Fentanyl is killing Americans at an unprecedented rate,” Milgram said.

“Already this year, numerous mass drug overdoses have resulted in dozens of overdoses and deaths.”

Mass overdoses occur when there are three or more overdoses in close proximity to each other.

According to the DEA, mass drug overdoses have occurred in seven US cities in the past few months.

These events took place in cities in Florida, Texas, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri; and Washington, DC

There have been several mass drug overdose events in Florida during the spring break season.

A high-profile incident featured seven spring breakers, including five cadets from West Pointoverdosed on cocaine-laced fentanyl at a vacation home in Wilton Manors, Florida.

A person got arrested related to the overdoses shortly after the incident.

A few days later fentanyl was sent another four menwho all lived in the same house, to a hospital near Fort Lauderdale.

Drug dealers are reportedly mixing the highly addictive and powerful fentanyl with other illicit drugs, which is a major factor in the rising rate of overdoses.

“Tragically, many overdose victims have no idea they are taking the deadly fentanyl until it’s too late,” Milgram said.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, there were more than 100,000 drug overdose deaths between October 2020 and October 2021.

Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids were responsible for two-thirds of these deaths.

“Fentanyl poisoning is at an all-time high,” South Dakota Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead said after a call between law enforcement officials and the DEA on Tuesday.

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“These are not isolated cases. This is happening in every state and county in America, leaving grieving families.”

The assistance offered by the agency includes assistance in investigating and identifying large drug trafficking organizations involved in a mass drug overdose incident, intercepting fentanyl trafficking, and access to DEA resources such as laboratories and pharmacies.

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