Rates of cocaine use have been steadily growing in Florida, particularly in Lee County and the surrounding areas. In South Florida, there were 193 cases of cocaine overdose in 2014 — by 2017, this number had skyrocketed to 505. This is just one example of how problems related to cocaine abuse seem to be growing exponentially. This is reflected in wider society, too, with the number of cocaine overdoses in the United States jumping from 4,000 in 2012 all the way to 14,000 in 2017.
Another worrying trend in Fort Myers, FL, and the surrounding areas is the lacing of cocaine with the highly potent and dangerous drug fentanyl. Dealers are cutting this deadly opiate with cocaine to intensify the euphoria and make this deadly substance even more addictive. Authorities think this is partly to blame for the drastic rise in overdose deaths and makes using cocaine even more dangerous than it already is.
Luckily, the authorities are fighting the cocaine problem in Fort Myers, FL by taking steps to make Lee County safer for residents. In 2019, HSI Fort Myers oversaw the seizure of 16 kilograms of cocaine from drug traffickers who’ve been the scourge of southwest Florida. Now, a task force covering Hendry, Glades, Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties, including the Fort Myers Police Department and Cape Coral Police Department, have combined to tackle the problem.