Columbia’s police chief says more than 20 people have died this year from overdoses involving fentanyl. More than 100 others have suffered injuries from fentanyl-related overdoses.
Chief Geoff Jones tells 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Columbia” that victims are using drugs that they don’t expect fentanyl to be in.
“Fake pills, drugs that people don’t expect fentanyl to be in … cocaine, methamphetamine laced with fentanyl. But we have a lot of people dying,” Chief Jones says.
Chief Jones is organizing an October 19 town hall meeting, to raise awareness of the issue.
“We will have people from the (Columbia Police Department’s) narcotics unit there, the health department, survivors of overdose. And you get trained so you can use Narcan, and we’re going to distribute Narcan,” says Jones.
Narcan is used to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses. CPD is still organizing the October 19th town hall, and we’ll update you on the meeting’s time and location once it’s set.