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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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BBB warns of fake tickets for summer events being sold online

BBB warns of fake tickets for summer events being sold online

COLCHESTER, CT (WFSB) – Concerts, fun runs, and beer crawls might be on the docket this summer, but the Better Business Bureau is warning of scams they’ve been seeing recently.

Not everything you see online is true, and that also goes for tickets being sold online.

“Well, it’s really frustrating because you know, $85 is not a lot of money, until someone just takes it from you,” said Alicia Chambers, scam victim.

You likely see the ads popping up in your social media feeds.

Nationwide people are buying tickets to what they think are real events that end up being fake.

“People are finally ready to get out. The pandemic is getting better, people want to interact, they want to socialize. There are all of these events, people are waiting to participate in,” said Kristen Johnson, Director of Communications for the Better Business Bureau.

Johnson said these scams happen so easily, but people don’t realize when things don’t quite match up.

“They’re seeing these advertisements, they’re going to the websites, they seem professional, they buy the tickets and then shortly before the event, it gets canceled and there’s no way to get in contact with the people they bought the tickets from. That’s when they realize this is a scam,” Johnson said.

That exact thing happened to Alicia Chambers.

She was planning on going to the Bubble Run in Memphis with her daughter, and after spending $82, it never ended up happening.

“The Facebook page that they had looks really cool. You’re running through bubbles, it sounds like such a fun event and it’s not happening, and it sounds like it never was going to happen,” said Chambers.

She said the website looked so real.

Johnson said scammers will copy real websites and make them their own.

“So what you want to do is not only look at the website, but look for contact information, contact the people behind these events and make sure there’s a real person there. A lot of time, these scammers are halfway across the globe,” said Johnson.

“I wish that I would have done a little more research on this event so that i would have known that it probably was not a good idea,” said Chambers.

One thing to lookout for is this: “https”.

The “s” means it’s a secure website, and you’re more likely to have protections if you pay on a secure website.

BBB Connecticut has not received any specific reports of people in Connecticut being victimized, but they know if it’s happening nationwide, it’s most likely happening here.

To report a scam to the BBB, click here.

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Stock market: Prepare for more ‘extreme tails,’ strategist warns

Stock market: Prepare for more 'extreme tails,' strategist warns

Asset markets could see more extreme swings as investors adjust for a land of climbing interest rates and stubborn inflation, a market strategist said on Yahoo Finance Live (video above).

“We are starting to see after that Consumer Price Index [CPI] print, really really extreme tails [played in markets],” RBC Equity Derivatives Strategist Amy Wu Silverman said. “We’re talking 100-to-1 market down another leg, 10% to 15% start to be played, which was not the case a month ago. And I think you’re going to start to see more of that, because really: What do you do in this market? You either derisk, degross, or you have to place some sort of bet to protect yourself when potentially CPI surprises even more.”

Wu Silverman’s comments come as markets overlook the edge of cliff once again, triggered in part by a red-hot CPI reading last Friday that surged 8.6% in May from one year ago, the fastest increase since December 1981.

In turn, economists now expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates by 50 basis points at its policy meeting this week and signal further aggressive hikes to curb inflation into the end of the year.

By afternoon trading on Monday, markets were back to exhibiting violent swings as investors re-calibrate their growth outlooks.

Surfer Cole Clisby falls while taking part in his surf P.E. class for his high school in Cardiff, California February 12, 2015.   REUTERS/Mike Blake  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

Surfer Cole Clisby falls while taking part in his surf P.E. class for his high school in Cardiff, California February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 600 points, while the S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite and Russell 2000 were all deeply in the red. The VIX Index — a measure of market volatility known as Wall Streets fear gauge — has gained 10 point since the middle of last week.

Bitcoin prices also tanked below $25,000 in the broader flight to safety. Shares of crypto-centric stocks such as Coinbase and Microstrategy were also rocked.

Wu Silverman suggests getting creative with one’s trades in this type of rocky environment.

“One thing we have recommended specifically is to look at put spreads,” Wu Silverman says, adding that a potential port strike in July is intriguing as that would likely fuel more bad inflation readings.

Brian Sozzi is an editor-at-large and anchor at Yahoo Finance. Follow Sozzi on Twitter @BrianSozzi and on LinkedIn.

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