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Drug Warning: Oxford police warn Fentanyl found in street and mailed drugs

Oxford police are warning people that the narcotics team is detecting the deadly substance Fentanyl in street drugs. Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutchen warns people to avoid drugs: "it just simply is not worth the risk".

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 9:43 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2020 11:24 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- Oxford police are warning people that its narcotics unit found Fentanyl in drugs on the streets.

Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutchen said Fentanyl is a substance that produces an opioid-like effect and can be fatal, even in small amounts.

The chief addressed a circulating Facebook post about the rising numbers of drug overdoses among young people.

He clarified the actual numbers are lower, and he explained the current drug situation

McCutchen said law enforcement has responded to 11 calls of drug overdosing this year. He said 2of those calls resulted in death.

“People are taking unknowing that what you may think is one drug may be actually laced heavily with Fentanyl,” McCutchen said.

McCutchen said since the department now knows that fentanyl is on the streets, the risk of drug use is much greater.

“It’s micrograms that the human body can actually absorb and be able to handle, so if you don’t know what you are ingesting, and if you don’t know how much they’ve placed in there, you are rolling the dice on being able to survive that encounter with that drug,” McCutchen said.

According to the chief, online drug sales aren’t any safer.

“When you can get on the internet and you can order these things in, you have no idea where they are coming from or what’s in it.”

McCutchen wants the Oxford community and surrounding communities to know the police are there for them. He added that under the Mississippi Good Samaritan Act, people who call 911 for themselves or for another when medical attention is requested are protected from prosecution.

“If your friend or you get in a situation and you’re calling for medical attention, you’re not going to be prosecuted, we’re not going to be there to arrest you, we’re going to be there to rescue you.”

The chief added that all Oxford officers carry Narcan on them. Narcan is a brand name for Naloxone, a medication that reverses an opioid overdose.

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