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DEA in Miami warns of synthetic drug field mass overdose events in Florida

DEA in Miami warns of synthetic drug field mass overdose events in Florida

MIAMI, Fla. — The Miami field office of the Drug Enforcement Administration warned Florida communities there had been an increase in mass-overdose events across the Sunshine State related to drug supplies laced with a synthetic opioid.

The DEA said synthetic opioids like fentanyl are inexpensive to produce, highly addictive and are being mixed with other illicit drugs to drive addiction and create repeat buyers. The DEA and other experts have said a dosage as small as 2 milligrams is enough fentanyl to be deadly for some adults.

According to the DEA, there have been synthetic opioid mass-overdose events (3 or more overdoses occurring close in time and at the same location) in at least three Florida counties over the last two weeks. Those events have resulted in hospitalizations and deaths.


Mass-overdose events typically occur when criminals market drugs like cocaine, meth, or heroin when the drug is actually a synthetic opioid like fentanyl or when drug dealers sell fake prescription pills that look legitimate but actually are laced with fentanyl, the DEA said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the signs to look for with a fentanyl overdose include:

  • small, constricted ‘pinpoint pupils’
  • falling asleep or losing consciousness
  • slow, weak, or no breathing
  • choking or gurgling sounds
  • limp body
  • cold and/or clammy skin
  • discolored skin (especially in lips and nails)

If you think someone is overdosing, even if you’re not sure, the CDC said to take the following steps:

  1. Call 911
  2. Administer naloxone (NARCAN), if available
  3. Try to keep the person awake and breathing
  4. Lay the person on their side to prevent choking
  5. Stay with the person until emergency assistance arrives

Naloxone/Narcan is available over the counter at pharmacies across Florida. It’s also available in every county in the state of Florida. A full list of locations can be found here.

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Weekend events in Gulfport highlight local businesses, artists

Weekend events in Gulfport highlight local businesses, artists

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out the Gulfport boulevard block party.

It’s an effort to support local artists, makers, business owners and musicians in the area.

Business owners said it’s a guaranteed good time while supporting locals.

“The culture is currently known to be a thoroughfare to get from point A to point B and what we’re trying to create as awareness that there are other stores in Gulfport that are really cool,” Jamie Edwards, Beach 5317 owner, said.

The Gulfport boulevard block party will be Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Along with shopping, there will be wine tastings and mimosas.

Also, this weekend in Gulfport is Art in the Yard. Artists and their work will be at dozens of homes throughout Gulfport.

The event starts Saturday at 10 a.m. This map shows where all these homes are.