Local non-profit warns against spike in overdoses amongst ‘house-less community’

A local non-profit group is taking to social media to warn against a recent spike in overdoses.

Progressive People’s Action said within the last two weeks, there were more than 50 overdoses across Pinellas, Pasco, and Manatee counties.

A member of the non-profit, Kelsey Powell, said she struggled with substance use disorder for nearly a decade.

“The first time I overdosed, I was 18 years old,” Powell shared. “I overdosed and was Narcaned once. I was in and out of probation programs and therapy that was court-mandated.”

That’s all behind her now. April marks five years of recovery for Powell, and as a St. Pete native, she wants her community to know there’s support, especially after a recent spike in overdoses.

“According to our tests, there’s been vast amounts of fentanyl and xylazine tainting drugs in the community,” said Jake Yaakov Geeffon with Progressive People’s Action. “It was actually predominantly through the house-less community, and so we suspect that there was a bad batch of some sort of drug or some bad, single distribution of a substance possibly, that affected a large variety of people.”

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