(SS) At least six college students apparently overdosed on Thursday evening, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue officials said.
Multiple people were in respiratory arrest, said Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan. All were being taken to area hospitals, he said.
Six ambulances were in the 800 block of Northwest 29th Court in Wilton Manors shortly before 5:30 p.m., Gollan said. The address is a rental property, where the college students were staying.
There are other students, in addition to the six hospitalized, who were staying at the property, Gollan said. The drug in question is still being tested but is believed to be fentanyl-laced cocaine, he said.
Fentanyl is a synthetic prescription opioid that is commonly made illegally. It is about 100 times more powerful than morphine. Just two milligrams of fentanyl is considered a lethal dose, according to a public safety alert from the DEA.
Gollan said it was not immediately clear the ages of the patients.
Spring Break in South Florida draws hundreds of college-aged students to its many beaches each year, which typically runs from March 4 to about April 3 depending on the schools.
Further details were not immediately available.