Sunday, December 17, 2017

Feds issue alert over fentanyl laced cocaine in Florida

The DEA issued a warning Friday about lethal cocaine that has become widespread in Florida. Even occasional cocaine users are at high risk for overdose. Forensic chemists discovered fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances including acetyl fentanyl, carfentanil, furanyl fentanyl, and p-fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl in over 180 cocaine exhibits. Carfentanil was the most prevalent of the fentanyl-related substances found in Florida’s cocaine seizures.

More cocaine-opioid mixtures were found in Miami-Dade than any other county. Opioid addicts are overdosing in staggering numbers across Miami-Dade County.

2 Mg fentanyl - Fatal Dose
In 2016, cocaine caused more deaths than any other drug in Florida, according to the report. In Miami-Dade County an average of 36 people died per month in 2016 due to cocaine. Florida’s cocaine death toll has more than doubled – something the DEA says reflects the growing use of cocaine-opioid combinations.

Florida’s Medical Examiners Commission says of the 2,882 cocaine deaths, only 383 had just cocaine, meaning about 2,499 involved other drugs as well.