16 Overdoses In 6 Hours From Deadly Heroin And Fentanyl Mix
New Haven, Connecticut saw a rash of overdoses happen within a six-hour window in late June.
Two people died as a result of their overdose, and authorities are blaming a toxic street combination of heroin and fentanyl.
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Heroin And Fentanyl Mix
“I don’t ever recall a day like this ever.”
Speaking with local paper New Haven Independent, Assistant Fire Chief Matt Marcarelli explained that the number of overdoses on that June afternoon was unprecedented. “I don’t ever recall a day like this ever. We have barely enough Narcan to get throughout the night,” he said.
Referring to the antidote that can help revive people from heroin overdoses. “We’re hoping it calms down. We used up almost the whole supply of Narcan in the city.”
In all, 16 people overdosed in the New Haven area between about 3:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. that day. Within a four-block range of a single street, there were six of them, each of them falling unconscious and requiring Narcan to be revived.
Though official toxicology reports will be necessary to determine the medical causes of death, police and fire department officials pointed to heroin laced with fentanyl as the likely cause. The situation escalated so quickly that public health officials in the area activated their emergency phone-notification system to warn residents.
The message said: “The City of New Haven is experiencing a public Health Emergency and therefore are placing an immediate warning of tainted life threatening heroin on our streets. Please be aware of this warning and its immediate life-threatening effect.”
The clear and immediate danger
All opioids carry with them extreme danger. Even for those who never overdose, addiction can rule and destroy their lives. But when it comes to overdosing, fentanyl is an incredibly unforgiving drug. The difference between a therapeutic dose of fentanyl and a deadly one is very small; which means buying an unknown amount from a street dealer and using a homemade device to administer it more often than not leads to catastrophic results.
Getting clean and getting help
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