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Posted on: April 25, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Powdered Fentanyl Leads to Increase in Overdoses

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Over the past week Eugene has seen an increase in significant overdoses. Over the same time frame we have gotten reports of white powdered fentanyl in the community.  Powdered fentanyl has been sold as cocaine in other parts of the country with dire consequences.  Earlier this month the DEA released a warning that there has been a nationwide spike in mass overdose events, some of which were related to fake cocaine.   https://www.dea.gov/documents/2022/2022-04/2022-04-06/responding-nationwide-increases-fentanyl-related-mass-overdose 

 

Based on what is being seen in our community, if someone buys a street or “party” drug it should be assumed it contains fentanyl.  We are seeing fentanyl in almost all pills bought on the street from oxycodone to Xanax.  These pills used to look homemade.  Now they are almost indistinguishable from the real thing.  In addition, fentanyl is being laced into methamphetamines, marijuana and now cocaine.  Now that we are seeing this powdered form of Fentanyl we are concerned it will end up in other “party” drugs such as MDMA also known as ecstasy or molly.   

 

For additional information on Fentanyl see the fact sheet provided by the DEA. https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/Fentanyl-2020_0.pdf 

 

Public Health officials recommend anyone at risk of opioid overdose have Narcan available. Narcan has been shown to be an effective first response treatment to opiate overdoses. Narcan is available to purchase at all LANE COUNTY pharmacies or for free through the HIV alliance. 

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