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Okaloosa County Corrections actively combating Fentanyl-related issues

In light of the recent national and state increase in fentanyl-related overdoses, officers at Okaloosa County Department of Corrections are taking action to combat this issue within the facility, according to […]

SOURCE: Okaloosa Public Information Office

In light of the recent national and state increase in fentanyl-related overdoses, officers at Okaloosa County Department of Corrections are taking action to combat this issue within the facility, according to Okaloosa County.

Fentanyla synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, has become a major public health concern in recent years. The drug is often mixed with other substances, such as heroin and cocaine, making it even more dangerous.

To address this problem, the county says several measures have been implemented to prevent the introduction and distribution of fentanyl within the facility. This includes increased body scan screening and searches of inmates and visitors, as well as the use of drug-sniffing dogs. 

  • The staff has also been trained on how to recognize and respond to signs of fentanyl overdose and naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug, is now available to them, according to the county.

Additionally, the Okaloosa County Department of Corrections is working closely with local and federal law enforcement agencies to “identify and disrupt” the supply of fentanyl within this facility and the community as a whole. They are also providing education and resources to inmates on the dangers of fentanyl and other opioids through addiction treatment and support services to those who are struggling with substance abuse.

“We understand that the opioid epidemic is a complex issue that requires a multifaceted approach,” said the county in a press release, “and we are committed to doing our part to protect the health and safety of our inmates, staff, and the community.”

2 Responses

  1. Appears the problem is inefficient search procedures when individual enters the facility. If the medical examiner toxicology reports confirm we will know the answer. As a citizen, I would strongly recommend, in this case only, the formal toxicology reports be made public for scrutiny as a gesture of transparency. Finally, as long as the borders are open fentanyl deaths will continue to escalate in our community.

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