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DEA seeing a nationwide spike in fentanyl overdose events

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Posted at 2:15 PM, Apr 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-08 17:15:27-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says there is a nationwide spike in fentanyl-related mass overdose events involving three or more overdoses occurring around the same time at the same location.

The overdoses happen when unsuspecting victims think they are consuming cocaine, but it is really fentanyl.

In the past two months, there have been over seven confirmed mass overdose events across the United States resulting in 58 overdoses and 29 overdose deaths says the DEA.

If you witness a mass overdose event DEA is asking that you reach out to your local DEA office.

Corey Salmon is a real-time editor and associate producer for KGUN 9. He was born in New York but has lived in Tucson for over 10 years. Share your story ideas and important issues with Corey by emailing or by connecting on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.