Eight Overdose Near Portland Playground

First responders saved eight people who overdosed on drugs laced with fentanyl near a playground in Portland, Oregon, on October 2.

The incident took place around 10:15 a.m. when eight victims — all in their late teens or early twenties — were found near a playground at the intersection of Couch Street and Northwest Park Avenue.

All eight victims had snorted a white substance. Four of the victims were transported to the hospital while the other four refused to go and were treated at the scene. All eight of them were given doses of Narcan (naloxone), a controversial drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

The controversy? Many people feel strongly that sparing the life of an overdose victim again and again is only fueling the drug crisis vs mitigating it.

Others argue such a position is shortsighted and cruel, often questioning how people would feel if it was their loved one.

In May, the Portland Police Bureau issued a statement to the public as concern mounting in the face of eight overdose deaths in over a span of just three days.

Just last week, Portland police warned residents of the growing presence of laced substances noting, “10 minors have overdosed since June and fentanyl is suspected in all but one of the cases. Half of the incidents were fatal. A 1-year-old, 2-year-old, 5-year-old and two 15-year-olds are among the dead.”

The incident in Portland’s Pearl District is the largest case of overdoses in a single event that the Portland Fire and Rescue company has ever responded to, according to spokesman Rick Graves.

This incident highlights what many Americans already know —- the drug crisis in the US has gone off the rails. Portland is far from the first city to fall prey to drugs being laced with fentanyl — one of the strongest opioids on the drug market.

Graves told KGW8, “If something hasn’t opened the window to where we are right now, this probably should.”