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Navarro County Commissioners' Court issues proclamation for National Fentanyl Awareness Day

Corsicana Daily Sun - 5/7/2024

Apr. 30—From August 2022 to 2023, there were approximately 5,566 drug-related deaths in Texas, 45 percent of which involved fentanyl, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and five Texans die every day from fentanyl poisoning, as reported by Texas Health and Human Services.

That's one of the reasons why the Navarro County Commissioners' Court led by Judge H. M. Davenport, Jr., and Impact Communities Navarro County, are raising awareness about fentanyl poisoning. For example, there is a distinct difference between pharmaceutical and illicit fentanyl.

The former is highly regulated and is safe when administered and taken as directed by medical professionals. Illicit fentanyl is "manufactured" in underground basements and garages (the black market), has zero controls, and is mixed with unknown substances. The pills are then passed off as Vicodin, Percocet, or Adderall, known as "fentapills."

Imagine the children and youth of Navarro County are exposed to these pills from someone connected to a supplier who is connected to a Mexican drug cartel. This was the case recently in Dallas County, where several teenagers died. Would community members know how to respond?

"At 50-100 times the potency of morphine, a dose of fentanyl as small as 2 mg—the size of a snowflake— can stop a young person's respiratory and neurological functions within seconds," says Curran Oakley, Navarro County Community Coalition Coordinator for Impact Communities. "Fentanyl awareness in the community will save lives."

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