Local Story: The good old days of finding money on the ground and seeing it as an unexpected windfall are gone.

Recently, a follower of Eye, had a scary experience that served as a stark reminder of the hazards associated with fentanyl.

Here’s her story:

My young daughter pointed out to me that “someone dropped their hundred dollars.”

A year ago I would have picked it up and thought I was having good luck.

Today I pulled her away from the money, took a shoe off the rack and laid it on top of it and called for a manager.

When I pulled the shoe back and showed her what we found, her reaction was the same. She used her shoe to push it to the back and check the cameras to check if whoever dropped it was still in the store, and to also have video of someone if the money had drugs on it and they were waiting in the parking lot for someone to come staggering out.

She came and found me in the store shortly after with the money in a baggy. It was counterfit. I don’t know if this counterfeit money had fentanyl on it or not. I didn’t stick around to find out.

The incident occurred in River City Marketplace, an area known for its proximity to the airport. Unfortunately, Jacksonville has gained notoriety as a hotspot for human trafficking, ranking among the highest in the nation. Additionally, the UF Hospital in River City reportedly witnesses at least one fatal fentanyl overdose each day, highlighting the severity of the ongoing crisis.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is significantly more potent than heroin or morphine. It is primarily used to alleviate severe pain in medical settings but has found its way into illegal drug markets. Its potency, even in small quantities, makes it a grave threat to public health. Fentanyl overdoses are alarmingly common, both intentionally and accidentally. What makes accidental overdoses particularly concerning is that individuals often come into contact with fentanyl unknowingly, as it can be present on money, in drugs like cocaine or heroin, or even disguised as prescription pills.

This story serves as a wake-up call for all of us. It underscores the importance of being vigilant and aware of our surroundings. Unfortunately, friends, it truly isn’t like the good old days — so leave that money on the floor and walk away. Losing your life for a few dollars laced with fentanyl isn’t worth it.


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