Interactive: Delray sees record-breaking number of heroin overdoses in July

Fentanyl tablets. DEA photo

Fentanyl tablets. DEA photo

The number of heroin overdoses in Delray Beach hit an all-time high in July with 66 reported overdoses, seven of which were fatal, according to city police.

That number exceeded the last record-high in March, after 64 reported overdoses with just two overdose deaths.

In recent months, Delray Beach Fire Rescue witnessed a spike in number of overdoses involving heroin mixed with fentanyl, a powerful prescription painkiller more than 50 times stronger than heroin, said Fire Chief Neil De Jesus at a city meeting Tuesday. While the department is equipped with naloxone, a drug used to revive overdose victims, first responders are finding that fentanyl is too powerful for just one dose of the overdose antidote.

Between Aug. 1 and Wednesday, Aug. 17, there were 23 overdoses in the city, one of them fatal, according to police.

There were 73 total drug overdoses in July, including prescription pill overdoses. That compares to just eight in July 2015.

The heroin epidemic prompted the police department and fire department to request more personnel to handle the staggering call volume.

Here are the latest overdose statistics from city police:

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