Kansas City, Kansas police warn about fentanyl overdoses
December 9, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City, Kansas, police are warning residents that drugs laced with fentanyl are contributing to a doubling of suspected drug overdoses since last year.
So far this year, the city has had 41 suspected overdoses and nine deaths, including 16 overdoses and two deaths of minors in the last 30 days, Capt. Richard Harris said in a news release.
The city had 23 overdoses in all of last year, the department said.
The department is warning people not to purchase fentanyl, or any opioid, including OxyContin, Vicodin and morphine, which might have been cut or laced with fentanyl to increase their potency.
"We have amateur pharmacists out on the street who clearly don't know what they are doing, because they are creating lethal doses in a single pill," Harris said.