fentanyl deaths

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Two men in two separate cases will face federal prison sentences after they supplied synthetic opioids to people who later died.

Jacksonville has the highest rate of fentanyl-related deaths in the state, according to an annual Florida Department of Law Enforcement report.

Report Shows 'Staggering' Drug Deaths In Florida

Nov 16, 2017
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A highly anticipated report from Florida's medical examiners shows dramatic increases in all types of drug-related deaths, including a 97 percent increase in deaths caused by the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Pharmacy Technician amongst two shelves of prescription pills.
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A 10-year-old boy from a drug-ridden Miami neighborhood apparently died of a fentanyl overdose last month, becoming one of Florida's littlest victims of the opioid crisis, authorities say. But how he came into contact with the powerful painkiller is a mystery.

Under a newly signed Florida law, Possession of just four grams of the synthetic drug fentanyl can land a person in jail for a minimum of 3 years. Some are pushing back against the mandatory minimum sentence. But others claim it makes sense when one considers that that same amount—just four ounces--is enough to kill a room full of people.

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A new report from Florida medical examiners finds fentanyl caused more deaths than any other drug in Florida last year.

Florida Heroin, Fentanyl Deaths Skyrocket

May 3, 2016
WMFE

Florida medical examiners have recorded a sharp increase in deaths related to opioid overdoses, especially in South Florida.