Portland Residents Shocked By Fentanyl Overdose Involving Teenagers

Portland residents were shocked to learn about an incident involving eight teenagers who overdosed on drugs laced with fentanyl.

KGW-TV reported that the eight victims were in their late teenage years or early twenties and were discovered near the intersection of Park Ave. and Couch Street on Oct. 2, 2023.

The victims had ingested a drug containing a white substance. Thankfully, first responders arrived at the scene and provided the victims with Narcan, an over-the-counter medication used to treat opioid overdose, as reported by the Blaze. Of the eight victims, four were hospitalized while the rest refused to receive further medical attention.

A spokesman for Portland Fire & Rescue, Rick Graves, told KGW that they believe the recent incident involved the highest number of overdoses they’ve ever received in a single call.

“If something hasn’t opened the window to where we are right now, this probably should,” Graves said. “I think we’re in a pretty significant situation with the use of these chemical substances on the streets that’s certainly unhealthy to those that are using it and the community that surrounds it.”

Robert Savage, a Portland resident who works near the park where the incident took place, told KPTV-TV that state officials aren’t doing enough to prevent overdoses in Portland.

“Found three bodies gone. Overdosed,” Savage said. “The fact that there were eight overdoses yesterday was horrific and yet, completely understandable in the scheme of things.”

“I want to know why Multnomah County, the city of Portland, and the Joint Office isn’t releasing as much money as possible towards personnel on the street that can help solve this because I can tell you, they’re not,” he continued. “Nothing has changed in the last four years since I’ve been here. In fact, it’s gotten worse.”

Since 2021, the southern border of the U.S. has been left wide open, with President Joe Biden and many Democrats turning a blind eye to the eye-opening numbers of illegal immigrants crossing daily into America.

Such lax immigration policies have paved the way for notorious cartels and drug traffickers to import fentanyl into the U.S. leading to the deaths of over 100,000 Americans.