VENUS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Authorities in North Texas have arrested two 16-year-olds in connection to the deaths of two different youngsters who’re believed to have died from overdosing on counterfeit tablets laced with fentanyl.
Police in Venus, positioned in Johnson County, made the arrest of the 2 suspects following the deaths of the 2 boys in March. The identities of the 2 suspects or what prices they face weren’t instantly launched.
Police mentioned the 2 victims died in separate incidents over spring break.
In every case, witnesses informed police they thought they have been taking oxycodone tablets. Police mentioned there have been confirmed circumstances round North Texas in current months of counterfeit tablets containing fentanyl.
When MedStar checked the variety of unintended opioid overdoses it’s handled not too long ago, it discovered numbers had jumped considerably in comparison with the earlier yr. In January, they even tripled.
“To have this stage of improve during the last three months, during the last 12 months was very disconcerting,” Matt Zavadsky, chief strategic integration officer for MedStar, mentioned.
Police imagine fentanyl is the largest offender.
Traffickers have been utilizing it to create counterfeit oxycodone tablets as the true prescription ache drug has turn into more durable for them to search out. It’s a lot simpler for victims to by chance overdose on tablets produced on the black market.
“There’s lots of variability in what they’re getting and what they’re taking. Considering they’re taking one factor and by chance taking one thing stronger and so they overdose,” Zavadsky mentioned.
MedStar retains the opioid antidote Narcan available. It’s delivered by way of the nostril.
“Usually instances now we have sufferers that will be unresponsive, not respiratory. We give them Narcan and in just some minutes, they’re awake, aware, and so they’re refusing transport to a hospital,” Zavadsky mentioned.
MedStar mentioned its overdose sufferers have ranged from 16 to 84 years outdated.
In 2019, CBS 11 Information discovered the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Workplace recorded two fentanyl-related deaths in folks aged 25 or youthful. In 2020, that quantity went as much as 37.