Five Women Overdose on Fentanyl at New Jersey Mall; Revived with Narcan
Hackensack, New Jersey – Five women have been revived with Narcan after apparently overdosing on fentanyl at an upscale mall in Hackensack, New Jersey.
The incident occurred at the Shops at Riverside, and police say they received a 911 call alerting them to the situation.
The five women are believed to be employees of the mall, between the ages of 29 and 41, but their names and place of work have not been released.
Once first responders arrived on the scene, they immediately administered Narcan and took life-saving measures, reviving all five women and sending four of them to the hospital.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is cheaper to produce than heroin and several times more potent.
According to state records, in 2012, fentanyl was found in just 42 of the more than 1,200 drug overdose deaths in New Jersey.
However, fast forward to 2019, the most recent data available shows that 75% of the drug deaths in the state were caused by fentanyl.
Police are now focusing their attention on finding out where exactly these women obtained the drugs.
The officer in charge has stated that they are doing everything they can to find and prosecute those who sold these drugs.
This incident is a stark reminder of the dangers of fentanyl and the importance of seeking help if struggling with addiction.