‘Bad batch’ or no ‘bad batch’ of drugs in Lake Worth?


Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue paramedics last year tend to Jessica Wilkerson, a missing Lake Worth woman who was the victim of an apparent drug overdose. She was back on the street hours later after being admitted to JFK Medical Center. (Courtesy Nick Petrino)

LAKE WORTH — Last week, during his quarterly presentation to city commissioners, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Captain Todd Baer cited a “bad batch” of drugs as the reason for the rise in overdose cases in the city.

“Street level pharmacists must not be lacing (the drugs) well,” Baer said.

There were 53 overdose cases in March where the victims were revived, up from 18 in February, Baer said.

Five cases were fatal last month, an increase from two in February.

“We’ve had more overdoses in March than any month since last July,” Baer said at the meeting. “April is trending the same way… we’re not out of the woods.”

When The Palm Beach Post this afternoon contacted the sheriff’s office to learn more about the ‘bad batch” of drugs Baer referred to and what was being done about it, Teri Barbera, PBSO spokeswoman said in an email, “We have no evidence to prove there is a bad batch of drugs in the community.”

Barbera said Baer was sharing his personal opinion on the issue.