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The Columbia/Boone County Health Department on West Worley (2021 file photo is courtesy of the health department's Sara Humm)

Big turnout at Columbia’s emergency meeting on increasing fentanyl-related overdose deaths

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department is located on West Worley (2021 photo is courtesy of the health department’s Sara Humm)

About 150 people packed Columbia’s Hickman High School Tuesday night, to hear CPD and health officials warn about the growing problem of fentanyl-related overdose deaths in the community.

939 the Eagle’s Brandon Rathert, who covered the meeting, reports people stood in the back of the room as well.

Columbia Police say there have been at least 22 overdoses deaths in the city this year, with many of them fentanyl-related. The health department’s Scott Clardy warns that drug dealers are making drugs like cocaine or ecstasy with fentanyl, and users don’t know it’s in there.

Columbia Police narcotics officers, health officials and overdose survivors briefed the community. Columbia/Boone County public health assistant director Scott Clardy describes fentanyl as 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Narcan was also distributed at last night’s meeting.

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