Rural Florida county shocked by fentanyl deaths over holiday

A small, largely rural county west of Florida’s capital experienced an unheard-of spike

In deadly drug overdoses believed to be caused by fentanyl over the July 4 weekend,

with nine people dying in the latest sign that a national crisis is becoming even more far-reaching.

In all of 2021, Gadsden County had just 10 overdoses, Sheriff Morris Young said.

He couldn’t recall any being fatal. The state had even rejected a grant

Application to treat fentanyl overdoses because the county of about 43,700

People couldn’t definitively identify any cases involving the powerful synthetic opioid.

Then last Friday, calls to emergency services began flooding in.