Adapting to the Rising Demands of the Fentanyl Crisis: How Bend First Responders and Deschutes County Health Services are Responding

Bend, Oregon is facing a growing crisis as the number of fentanyl overdoses continues to rise. With four reported overdoses in just one day, first responders in the area are feeling the strain of limited resources. Over the past few years, Deschutes County has seen a significant increase in overdoses, with over 150 reported in 2023, according to Deschutes County Health Services.

Matthew Draxton will be reporting on NewsChannel 21 at Five to provide an update on this critical issue. He will speak with representatives from Bend Fire and Rescue, Bend Police, and the county’s Opioid Overdose Response Team to discuss their response efforts and how they have adapted to the increase in overdoses. The report will provide valuable insight into the impact of these overdoses and the response efforts by local authorities.

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