Community advocates, police warn of deadlier fenanyl hitting Fort Wayne streets

Published: Dec. 29, 2021 at 5:35 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Community leaders and police are warning about a new and potentially deadlier batch of fentanyl that is spreading through Fort Wayne.

“I recently heard we had three possible overdose deaths in the last 24 hours and that is just not a good thing,” Fort Wayne Police Capt. Kevin Hunter said.

In recent years, fentanyl overdoses have been increasing across Fort Wayne and the country and it’s a problem that can be difficult to identify.

“It’s important that they know there is no judgement,” Fort Wayne Recovery’s Nate Moellering said. “I want them to see this and warn their loved ones so they can equip their loved ones properly. You’re now more likely to encounter someone that’s having a medical emergency that requires NARCAN, which reverses opioids.” :15

Moellering has made it his mission to help those fighting addiction. It’s so important to him, he posted on Facebook about a new batch of powder fentanyl that can be deadlier. The post has since been shared by members of the community in the hopes it can save lives.

Community advocates, police warn of deadlier fenanyl hitting Fort Wayne streets
Community advocates, police warn of deadlier fenanyl hitting Fort Wayne streets(WPTA)

“The most important thing that I can do is just reach out to someone who’s struggling or a family member,” Moellering said. “A lot of times we see family members who go through this who have no idea what to do.”

Moellering is a recovering addict himself and many of those he works with, like Dick Boggess, are in the same boat. They’re trying to help others before it’s too late.

“Somebody helped me,” Boggess said. “Someone was nice enough to help me early on.”

Boggess says he’s been clean for nearly 30 years and knows the impact addiction can have on a family.

“You’ll have a lot of folks reaching out trying not to interrupt their holidays,” Boggess said. “But at the same time when you need help, you just need to reach out.”

It’s not only emotional for addicts and their families, but for law enforcement too.

“I’ve been in the Fort Wayne Police Department for over 32 years now and I’ve never seen anything like what we’re going through right now,” Hunter said. “It’s one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen in my career.”

As Capt. Hunter and his team tries to get this deadly drug off the streets, Moellering wants families to know they’re not alone.

“There is hope,” Moellering said. “I know a lot of times it seems hopeless.”

Moellering says if you know someone who may have addiction, make sure that you have NARCAN available.

You can call Fort Wayne Recovery at 260 297-7092.

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