Broward County leads the state in fentanyl deaths, statistics show

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. – After paramedics and police treated spring breakers who overdosed on cocaine laced with fentanyl on Thursday night, 7 people were taken to hospital and 2 remain in critical condition.

Wilton Manors Police have shared a public service announcement warning of the dangers of the synthetic opioid on social media.

In February, Local 10 spoke with the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Miami Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration about the potency of the drug and how it is often found in counterfeit pills.

“People get addicted to them and seek them out. And it’s very lucrative for these drug dealers,” SAC Deanne Reuter said.

DEA officials said they were also seeing fentanyl mixed with other substances such as methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

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The most recent numbers from the Florida Medical Examiners’ Commission show Broward County leads the state in fentanyl-related deaths.

An official told Local 10 on Friday that the mixing of substances could be deliberate or a case of cross-contamination.

In regards to the laced powder that made spring breakers sick on Thursday, Wilton Manors Police and the Broward Sheriff’s Office are working to trace the origin of the drug and are investigating what happened in rental property.

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