Casey DeSantis talks fentanyl response following Gadsden County overdoses

New legislation targeting drug dealers won’t take effect until October.

Following a spree of deaths in Gadsden County this Fourth of July weekend, First Lady Casey DeSantis traveled to Quincy with a message of caution against illicit drugs.

DeSantis hosted a roundtable with law enforcement and public health officials Thursday after a four-day period in which medical personnel in the rural county responded to 19 overdoses of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic drug. Officials there have attributed six deaths last weekend to fentanyl overdoses and another three deaths are suspected cases.

“For Gadsden County to have that number in such a short span, we were afraid that we’d wake up in a week’s time and have 30 to 40, 50 people dead,” said County Sheriff Morris Young. “That’s a lot of folks for Gadsden County.”

Young, a Democrat from Quincy, said drugs cross the southern border, make their way to Atlanta, then filter down to southern Georgia and North Florida.


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