KANSAS CITY, Mo. – During a two-week period this month, in Kansas City, Mo., police said they investigated the deaths of four people – including a toddler – caused by fentanyl overdoses.
Police took to social media on Wednesday afternoon to describe the number of cases, describing the crisis as “worsening”.
In addition to the four deaths, police said they have been called to other fatal overdoses that are being investigated as being linked to fentanyl. 17 other non-fatal overdoses are under investigation.
The fentanyl crisis is getting worse.
In 13 days this month, we responded to four deaths, including a toddler, caused by confirmed fentanyl overdoses. We also responded to several other suspicious fentanyl deaths and 17 non-fatal overdoses.
– kcpolice (@kcpolice) October 19, 2022
The KCPD is warning residents that drug dealers are now mixing highly addictive fentanyl into fake oxycodone, Xanax and Aderall pills.
KCPD says they’ve regularly seen fentanyl mixed with other dangerous drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin, but they’ve seen an increase in fentanyl in fake pills, including during their biggest raid. drug of the year, where they seized 41,000 pills and on multiple occasions seized fentanyl in brick/kilogram form.
Earlier this month, KSHB 41 News reporter Megan Abundis detailed the fentanyl crisis in this story 360 with several different points of view.
The department recommends talking to loved ones about the dangers of these drugs to prevent accidental overdoses and poisonings.