LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (KLFY) Deaths from fentanyl overdoses have doubled each year in Acadiana since 2018, according to statistics from the Lafayette Parish Coroner.
In 2018, 13 people died from fentanyl overdoses.
It then grew to 25 people in 2019.
Last year, that number doubled to 50.
So far in 2021, there have been 37 deaths in the parish of Lafayette due to fentanyl overdoses.
Local activist groups say it’s because fentanyl is now found in almost every drug on the streets.
“Right now, fentanyl is in the Lafayette area, there’s no question about it. It’s not a rumor. It’s proven. We’ve seen people die from fentanyl almost every day now, ”said Kady Douglas, founder of Acadiana Harm Reduction.
Douglas says what makes fentanyl so dangerous is that it only takes about four grains of fentanyl sand to kill it.
“A lot of people ignored the warnings about fentanyl at first because they thought it was just a heroin problem. They thought it was just a big addict’s problem, but he’s actually capable of touching everyone right now. It’s in all kinds of drugs, ”Douglas added.
She says the amount of fentanyl circulating in Lafayette and the number of drugs it is in is increasing rapidly.
“Right now, it’s in Xanax bars, fake Xanax bars, it’s in heroin, it’s in cocaine, it’s in marijuana that we have found,” he said. she declared.
“As a rule, it was found in heroin. More recently, among the youngest, they take drugs to party, go to prom. They take a pill that they think came from the drugstore and in fact, it’s a pressed pill and it contains fentanyl, ”said Christy Couvillier, Acadiana Harm Reduction board member.
Couvillier says she knows it firsthand.
Her own son had to be resuscitated after taking a pill containing fentanyl, but she says the drug has the potential to affect anyone in Acadiana at this time. She says people need to be aware.
“You have the mom who takes a pill from someone she thinks is nerves, and it contains fentanyl. People will take a pill thinking it’s back pain or something, and it contains fentanyl. It literally affects everyone in Acadiana, not just the deeply addicted people, ”Couvillier told News Ten.
Acadiana Harm Reduction offers free fentanyl test strips and free Narcan to anyone in need.