Six members of the Army football team have been hospitalized after being found unconscious from an overdose of cocaine containing fentanyl while in Florida for spring break, according to the Solar sentinel of South Florida.
As of Friday, two students remain in critical condition and on ventilators, while three are in stable condition and one has been released. The identities of the six students have not been released at this time, but the US Military Academy has confirmed the incident.
“The U.S. Military Academy is aware of the situation involving West Point cadets, which occurred Thursday night at Wilton Manors, Florida,” the military said in a statement. Sun-Sentinel. “The incident is currently under investigation and no further details are available at this time.”
According to the report, two students suffered cardiac arrest shortly after using the drug. Two others were given enough fentanyl after giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in an effort to revive fellow students that they had also overdosed, despite not ingesting any fentanyl-containing cocaine.
Fentanyl, which is sometimes used by drug dealers as a drug additive to increase potency, has quickly become an epidemic and is a leading cause of overdose deaths nationwide. In Broward County, Florida, 611 of 798 total accidental drug overdoses involved fentanyl. The CDC reports that more than 75,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in the 12 months ending April 2021, mostly from fentanyl.