Overdose Outbreak in Austin: ACTEMS Mobilizes Resources to Combat Crisis

Austin, Texas – Officials in Austin are currently investigating a surge in fatal overdoses, with efforts underway to locate additional individuals affected by the outbreak.

The Austin Police Department and Austin-Travis County EMS reported receiving numerous calls on Monday morning regarding a sudden outbreak of overdoses in the downtown area. At least four fatalities have been confirmed in connection with 30 suspected overdose cases. Initially concentrated between Sixth and Eighth streets, the situation quickly spread throughout Austin.

Patients have been responding positively to Narcan, a medication used to counteract narcotic overdoses, with a variety of drugs impacting a wide range of populations. The Austin-Travis County EMS noted a significant increase in call volume, with Monday experiencing a 1,000% jump compared to the typical two to three overdose calls per day.

Authorities have attributed the outbreak to the presence of a potentially dangerous new batch of drugs circulating in the area. Travis County, according to a state dashboard, recorded the highest rate of fentanyl-related deaths per population in 2023, standing at around 14 deaths per 100,000 individuals.

As the situation continues to unfold, officials from ACTEMS are actively working to ensure the availability of necessary resources for affected residents. With ongoing investigations and efforts to locate additional patients, Austin remains on high alert as authorities work to address the deadly overdose outbreak.

This remains a developing story, and updates will be provided as new information becomes available.