In late July, a series of overdoses in Delray Beach left two people dead. Police have speculated that fentanyl was the culprit.
Delray Beach Drug 13 Overdoses
A deadly weekend
On the weekend of July 22, Delray Beach city police responded to 13 heroin-related overdose calls. Two of the men, aged 35 and 26, died.
It will take toxicology reports to confirm, but police suspect that the powerful opioid fentanyl likely played a role in the high number of overdose incidents. The drug, reportedly up to 50 times more powerful than heroin, has been sweeping the nation, as addicts around the country struggle with opioid addiction. The difference between a strong dose and a deadly one is minute and virtually impossible to measure outside medical settings, and so the drug is also responsible for a large number of overdoses and subsequent deaths.
A similar series of overdoses happened in New Haven, Connecticut last month, and like the ones here in Delray Beach, the rash of cases involved fatalities. In both cities, fentanyl was alleged to have been part of the problem, and both sets of city officials used the antidote naloxone to revive patients.
Growing evidence of an epidemic
Delray Beach Fire Rescue was the first department in Palm Beach County to carry naloxone. The antidote reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and often saves lives in emergency situations.
Still, its presence in an official capacity suggests that addiction to opioids. And more specifically to heroin and fentanyl, is a mounting problem here in South Florida.
Earlier this year, city police launched an initiative dubbed “Operation Street Sweeper,” aimed at identifying, finding and arresting local heroin dealers. Delray Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman called the problem “an epidemic.”
Finding care for addiction
While eradicating the sale of illegal drugs is certainly a positive improvement for the community, it’s important to remember that addiction goes beyond legality. It’s not a moral failing; it is an illness that. Like other illnesses – requires professional care.
Whether it’s opioids or alcohol or another substance, addiction can be crippling. It can take over your life, destroying everything in its wake, from relationships to jobs to bank accounts and more. Addiction literally changes your brain chemistry and your decision-making skills.
If you’re ready to take your life back from addiction. Or if you’re looking for help for a loved one who’s suffering, The Watershed is here.
We’re open 24 hours a day and someone is available to take your call right now. Don’t wait for an overdose. Another day of waiting could be too long. Call now: 1-800-861-1768.Tags: delray beach, drug overdose death, faces of heroin