Fentanyl in candy boxes. (AG)

Florida AG Ashley Moody Warns Spring Breakers About The Dangers Of Deadly Fentanyl

Fentanyl in candy boxes. (AG)
Fentanyl in candy packages. (AG)

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning spring breakers about the serious consequences of using illicit drugs with an emphasis on deadly Fentanyl.

Deadly amounts of fentanyl are being discovered in almost every illegal substance, with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reporting that 7 out of 10 fake pills containing fentanyl now contain a potentially lethal dose—a 75% increase from just two years ago.

“We are in the midst of an opioid crisis claiming thousands of lives here in Florida every year. This deadly crisis is being fueled by lethal amounts of fentanyl hidden in almost every illicit drug. Students flocking to Florida to enjoy spring break need to be more aware than ever about the dangers of using illicit drugs and that using just one time can kill,” said Moody.

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s recently released 2022 Annual Drugs in Deceased Persons Report shows that fentanyl is responsible for the deaths of more than 6,200 Floridians in 2022. Already in 2024, the DEA reports seizing more than 41 million lethal doses of fentanyl. 

Fentanyl is estimated to be up to 100 times stronger than morphine, making it an extremely dangerous substance. Its high potency contributes to the risk of overdose, as individuals may unknowingly consume lethal doses due to its prevalence as an adulterant in other drugs.

In recent years, fentanyl-related deaths have skyrocketed, contributing to the opioid epidemic. The CDC reported a staggering increase in fentanyl-related fatalities, highlighting the urgency of addressing this crisis. The ease of its production and distribution, coupled with its high potency, makes fentanyl a lethal threat to public health.

Fentanyl plays a significant role in the ongoing opioid crisis, exacerbating its impact on communities. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl has been found mixed with other drugs, such as heroin or cocaine, often without the user’s knowledge.

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This practice increases the risk of overdose and poses challenges for law enforcement and healthcare providers.

Using fentanyl, whether intentionally or unknowingly, comes with substantial risks. The potency of fentanyl heightens the risk of overdose, as even small amounts can be lethal.

Users may experience respiratory depression, coma, or death. Furthermore, fentanyl’s addictive properties can lead to dependence and withdrawal symptoms.

Attorney General Moody is offering the following tips to help parents keep kids safe:

  • Emphasize the importance of making informed choices and the potential consequences of substance abuse;
  • Ensure adult supervision on spring break trips;
  • Engage in open communication and check in with children regularly;
  • Establish rules and boundaries for spring breakers to follow; and
  • Encourage children to share a trip itinerary, travel arrangements and intended activities.

For parents seeking more help in talking to children about the dangers of fentanyl, as well as other illicit drugs, Attorney General Moody recommends Floridians visit Dose of Reality Florida. This website is a one-stop resource to learn about the dangers of opioid misuse, how to receive support for addiction and where to drop off unused prescription drugs.

To learn more about Dose of Reality Florida, click here.

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