Carfentanil outbreak - Florida, 2016-2017

Chris Delcher, Yanning Wang, Russell S. Vega, John Halpin, R. Matthew Gladden, Julie K. O'Donnell, Jessica A. Hvozdovich, Bruce A. Goldberger

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The carfentanil-involved fatal overdose outbreak in the Sarasota area epicenter began in June 2016, lasted for at least 12 months, and abruptly ended in August 2017. By the end of 2017, carfentanil had spread throughout the state and was still present in approximately one in 15 opioid-involved overdose deaths in Florida. Further evidence of carfentanil's ongoing presence in Florida's drug supply comes from Palm Beach County, Florida, where carfentanil became the second most frequently detected drug behind alcohol in impaired driving cases during this outbreak (7). These findings highlight the need for rapid implementation of geographically targeted and sustained multisector interventions to reduce the proliferation and impact of similar outbreaks as early as possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-129
Number of pages5
JournalMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 7 2020

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health(social science)
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Health Information Management


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