Fentanyl poisoning’s surprising signs: What parents and friends must know

There are some 250 deaths each day due to the fentanyl crisis in America, according to what the organization Families Against Fentanyl has discerned by reviewing the facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the crisis. Fentanyl is right now the number-one killer of Americans between the ages of 18 and 45.  Fentanyl and other synthetic …

Fentanyl possibly responsible for 15 overdoses, five deaths in Gadsden County

A difficult weekend for the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office as police departments from around the county investigate 15 overdoses, five of those resulting in death, possibly from Fentanyl. “We suspect that this was due to some type of opioid poisoning such as Fentanyl,” said Sheriff Morris Young. Two of those deaths happened in Quincy while just a few miles down …

Fentanyl-related overdoses and deaths on the rise

In Sebastian County, the Sheriff’s Office works diligently to help keep drugs off the street.  Recently, their K9, Goose, has risen to social media fame for his recent drug busts. Last week, we brought you the story of Goose’s largest drug bust from back in December. His handler, K9 deputy John Michal O’Mara, says the bust helped save countless lives, “the …

Local first responders continue to battle fentanyl epidemic as overdoses rise

Fentanyl overdoses continue to be a growing problem in Riverside County. “Over time, and they just seem to be increasing year over year. I think we’re looking at probably four to 500 deaths this year. It looks like I think is what we’re on pace for,” said John Hall, Public Information Officer for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. Riverside …

Tennessee officials warn of potential danger of fentanyl-laced dollar bills

Tennessee authorities are warning against picking up folded dollar bills of unknown origin after reporting two separate incidents where the synthetic opioid fentanyl was found inside folded cash.  According to the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, someone found a folded dollar bill on the floor of a local gas station on both occasions. A “white powdery substance,” which later tested positive for …

Drug overdose deaths are rising; fentanyl responsible for 75%

Drug overdose deaths increased in Virginia in 2016, and that’s when fentanyl came into play, according to data from the Virginia Department on Health. Deaths increase again in 2020 when lockdowns started. Fentanyl is the main driver of those deaths. The substance is used to treat severe pain, but there is also a high risk for addiction and dependence. Fentanyl …

5.5 lbs of fentanyl, 3 arrested as MNPD investigation continues

Three people and 5.5 pounds of fentanyl were seized Tuesday afternoon as police continue their investigation into fentanyl distribution across Nashville. According to authorities, after a hand-to-hand transaction involving 2.2 pounds of fentanyl was witnessed, three suspects were taken into custody in an auto parts parking lot on Nolensville Pike. Police believe Ochoa Martinez, 30, of Tacoma, Washington, and Bectran …

Social media drives sales of illicit pills laced with fentanyl

Online sales of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl are on the rise, and experts say social media apps like Snapchat and TikTok are driving the surge, including in Tennessee. Shabbir Safdar, executive director of the Partnership for Safe Medicines, said an alarming number of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl are being bought online by teens and young adults. “And in …

Medical experts issue warning about fentanyl overdoses

Medical experts are sounding a new warning over the growing number of fentanyl overdoses in Nashville. A Nashville emergency room physician wanted to get the word out about the number of overdoses her hospital has experienced over the last few days. During one of Dr. Katrina Green’s night shifts at a Nashville hospital, she said she had four patients who …

Metro Public Health Department reports increased drug overdoses in downtown Nashville

Drug overdoses involving fentanyl are on the rise in Music City. According to the Metro Nashville Public Health Department, many cases have been reported in downtown Nashville. The health department is calling on individuals and business owners to start carrying medications to save lives, like Narcan. The department reports many times people think they are taking a specific drug, but …