Ambulances raced Thursday to a home in Wilton Manors, a city in Florida’s Broward County, where the Fort Lauderdale Fire Marshal said several people were lying in the front yard having cardiac arrests and drug overdoses.
The six West Point Military Academy cadets who were hospitalized for drug overdoses were among a group of New York state college students vacationing at a short-term rental home, where cocaine laced with fentanyl caused overdose seven people, according WLPG.
“It was quickly identified that this was a multi-person overdose situation,” Fort Lauderdale Fire Department Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan told WPLG. “Narcan deployed as quickly as possible.”
Gollan reported that three of the cadets who were admitted remain hospitalized, two of them in intensive care at a local hospital, one of them intubated and assisted with artificial respiration.
“Four of those people had taken a substance believed to be cocaine mixed with fentanyl when they went into cardiac arrest,” reported the fire chief, according to the local channel WSVN.
The other two were friends of these four victims and, by assisting them with cardiopulmonary breathing techniques, were “exposed” to the mixture and affectedadded Gollan, to underline that “fentanyl has 1,000 times the power of the same dose of morphine, it is extremely powerful and can stop the heart and breathing”.
“They are healthy young adults, college students in the prime of their lives. By introducing this drug into his system, it is unknown what the recovery will be in the case of the individual in critical condition, “said the fire chief.
The Wilton Manors Police Department posted an alert to warn vacationers of the dangers of using illicit drugs.
In a statement released by local media, The West Point Academy confirmed that Thursday’s incident “involves cadets” from this prestigious military institution.
“The incident is currently under investigation and no further details are available at this time,” the note added.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic drug that has skyrocketed drug overdose deaths in the United States in recent years.
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