Protecting The Palm Beaches-Unintended Consequence Of Opioid Crisis

posted by Joel Malkin - 

The Boca Raton Police Department is getting the word out about...

"A potential unintended consequence that has happened as a result of the opioid epidemic."

Officer Gwynne Friters with the Crime Prevention Unit says o-d's are now occuring in cases where the patient hasn't even used drugs.

"There are people overdosing.  They were simply brought to the area because of maybe the job that they do or if they were just trying to help and they see somebody slumped over or unconscious."

She says the powerful drug fentanyl can go airborne or trace amounts may be left behind.  Fentanyl can get into your system in powder form simply by touching it or breathing it in.

Police have been reaching out to the community and visiting hotels in the city to make them aware of the issue in case anyone comes into contact with someone who has overdosed. 

Friters also wants to invite residents to a "Coffee With a Cop" event on Sunday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Brooklyn Water Bagel on Federal Highway. 


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