JCSO Issues Warning As Fentanyl Deaths Rise

Fentanyl Overdose Deaths on Rise in Jackson County. BE CAREFUL THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

In 2021 there have been 14 confirmed fentanyl overdoses (through July) and many more awaiting toxicology.

This week alone, JCSO Medical Examiner Detectives have responded to a number of fentanyl suspected overdose deaths. Fentanyl laced pills including counterfeit Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Xanax have been found at overdoses in 2021.

Do NOT take any pills unless they come from a licensed health care provider.

JCSO Detectives have also found fentanyl mixed in with illicit drugs such as heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine, MDMA, and more.

As little as 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal depending on body size, tolerance and past usage.

During some of these fentanyl overdose deaths, multiple doses of NARCAN was administered and the patient still died.

Locally, these fentanyl overdose deaths span all demographics and ages, from professionals to retirees, legitimate prescription users to addicts; from an 18-year-old male in Talent, a 23-year-old male in Eagle Point, a 27-year-old female in Medford, a 39-year-old male in White City, a 40-year-old female in Jacksonville, and a 57-year-old female in Medford.

PARENTS: Now is the time to talk to your kids about the dangers of counterfeit pills and illicit drug use.