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Cowtown Grapples With Fentanyl Crisis, Rise in Overdoses

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City officials in Fort Worth will be holding a community event at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday to raise awareness about the growing prevalence of the potentially lethal drug fentanyl.

NBC 5 DFW has the report:

“Fort Worth has seen a growing number of opioid overdoses as the fentanyl crisis continues across the country.

“In 2023, Fort Worth firefighters saw a nearly 25% increase in overdose calls where they’ve had to use Narcan, an over-the-counter prepackaged nasal spray containing naloxone which is an opioid antagonist that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose.

“The increase in calls has prompted firefighters to host a community Narcan and CPR training event aimed at saving lives and preventing future addiction.

“’This isn’t something that’s just in a certain part of town. It’s not a certain age or demographic. It’s all over town. And before long, it’s going to be through your front door in one way or another,’ said Fort Worth Fire Department representative Craig Trojacek.

“As of April, there had been 86 incidents where Narcan was administered. The Fort Worth Fire Department said that number is more than half the total responses of 2023.

“’Surpassing the halfway mark before we got to the halfway within the year is just showing us that those numbers are continuing to climb, which means more families are being affected from this disease and from these addictions,’ Trojacek said.

“The Fort Worth Fire Department wants to be proactive in fighting fentanyl in the community and they say now is the time.”

To read the entire article by NBC 5 DFW, please click HERE.

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