Bars start giving Narcan training after fentanyl-laced cocaine overdoses: ‘We’re making heroes’


ATLANTA, GA – Bars in Atlanta have reportedly introduced Narcan training courses, following a spate of recent overdoses that reportedly involved cocaine that was laced with fentanyl at various bars in or near the Metro area of Atlanta recently.

According to the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, at least five people have overdosed on cocaine that was reportedly laced with fentanyl at bars around Atlanta during a one-week span in the month of May.

Following the concerning trend plaguing watering holes in Atlanta, various bars in the area have partnered with the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition and Georgia Overdose Prevention to host training on how to administer Narcan in the event of an overdose.

Mona Bennett, who serves as an ambassador for Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, suspects that these fentanyl-induced overdoses wound up impacting people who assumed they were just buying run of the mill cocaine:

“Usually you don’t find fentanyl, an opioid, a downer, in cocaine, a stimulant, an upper. In these cases, I suspect the people were expecting just cocaine, but a lot of drug sellers cut there’s with a lot of other stuff.”

Bennett feels that the implementation of this training could wind up saving lives, remarking on how young children have been able to save relatives through Narcan administration:

“This is very effective if given in a timely manner… I’ve known children in the single digits who have saved their relatives by this.”

CDC data shows that in 2019 over 36,000 people died from overdoses involving synthetic opioids, which fentanyl is among the most popular. To put that into perspective, the fatality rate associated with synthetic opioid overdoses is 12 times higher in 2019 than what it was six years prior.

While this effort being embarked upon by local bars in the Atlanta area doesn’t necessarily address the root issue at hand, Bennett says that Narcan is a means to help save a life when things are turning bad:

“This substance has pulled people from the edge of death.”

Andy Gish, a registered nurse who resides in the East Atlanta area, says that “We’re making them heroes,” with regard to those attending the Narcan training events.

Gish also noted that those who’ve been administered Narcan during an overdose wind up becoming among these organizations “best advocates”:

“This is a way to keep people from dying and honestly the people who get reversed and get involved with these organizations are often our best advocates… They’re out there teaching people.”

While some may say that training people on how to administer Narcan may seem like some sort of tacit endorsement or enablement of drug use, Gish says it is rather a road that can lead to recovery:

“You have to give them a chance. If they’re dead, I mean what’s the point?”

The next Narcan class is reportedly going to be hosted at Mary’s in East Atlanta Village on June 13th.

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We at Law Enforcement Today have previously reported on the growing issues surrounding fentanyl.

Earlier in May, we shared a report on the amount that has been seized in recent times funneling through the southern border in Texas. 

Here’s that previous report. 


TEXAS – During a recent appearance on “Fox & Friends”, Texas Governor Greg Abbott claimed that there has been nearly an “800% increase April over April,” with respect to the amount of fentanyl that has been caught at the southern border by authorities.

To illustrate the severity of the amount of fentanyl apprehended along the southern border, the Texas governor stated that there has been enough fentanyl seized by authorities “to kill every single person in the state of New York.”

During the May 14th broadcast of “Fox & Friends”, Governor Abbott first levied criticism toward DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and the Biden administration for either being woefully inept regarding the crisis at the southern border – or they are simply gaslighting Americans into believing things aren’t that big of a deal:

“I don’t know if Secretary Mayorkas and the Biden administration either don’t have a clue what’s going on or they are purposefully misleading their fellow Americans because here are the numbers.”

“On the national level with regard to the Border Patrol, they apprehended last month—in the month of April, more than 170,000 people. That is a tenfold increase over the prior April where they apprehended about 17,000 people.”

Governor Abbott then shifted focus from the issues pertaining to unlawful entries into the country to that of another matter transpiring in tandem, which is the fentanyl that authorities have encountered and seized at the border as well:

“But I gotta tell you there’s a new dynamic about what’s going on at the border that Americans need to know about and that is increased apprehension of fentanyl coming across the border. Yes, there may be people coming across but there are dangerous drugs coming across the border.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, fentanyl is one of the most potent synthetic opioids, which also has given the drug the reputation of becoming one of the most associated with overdose deaths:

“Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a prescription drug that is also made and used illegally.”

“Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, are now the most common drugs involved in drug overdose deaths in the United States. In 2017, 59.8 percent of opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl compared to 14.3 percent in 2010.”

According to Governor Abbott, the Department of Public Safety have intercepted enough fentanyl along the southern border to kill every single person in New York by way of an overdose:

“We had almost an 800% increase April over April of the amount of fentanyl that has been apprehended by the Texas Department of Public Safety. We have obtained enough fentanyl coming across the border to kill every single person in the state of New York.”


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