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  • Staggering surge in drug overdose deaths far outpace COVID-19 fatalities in San Francisco

    12/19/2020 2:47:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    ktla ^ | Dec 19, 2020 / 12:10 PM PST
    A record 621 people died of drug overdoses in San Francisco so far this year, a staggering number that far outpaces the 173 deaths from COVID-19 the city has seen thus far. The crisis fueled by the powerful painkiller fentanyl could have been far worse if it wasn’t for the nearly 3,000 times Narcan was used from January to the beginning of November to save someone from the brink of death Last year, 441 people died of drug overdoses—a 70% increase from 2018—and 2,610 potential overdoses were prevented by Narcan, a medication commonly sprayed up the nose to reverse an...
  • Fentanyl, cocaine seized after investigation into drug trafficking in western Massachusetts

    12/10/2020 3:39:41 PM PST · by bitt · 10 replies ^ | 10/10/2020 | Ariana Tourangeau, Mike Masciadrelli
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Five people were arrested and over two kilograms of fentanyl, two kilograms of cocaine, 11 firearms, and approximately $12,000 was seized after a long investigation into drug trafficking in the area. According to Hampden District Attorney spokesman Jim Leydon, on December 5, members of the District Attorney’s Hampden County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant of 29-year-old Julian Delgado’s home at 26 Columbia Terrace in Springfield for his alleged involvement in the distribution of cocaine. A prior motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of Delgado and yielded one kilogram of cocaine. After detectives searched...
  • Fentanyl on the Rise Amid Coronavirus Pandemic [ California ]

    12/08/2020 6:08:03 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Spectrum News ^ | Dec. 07, 2020 | Sarah Pilla
    HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. — Hermosa Beach resident and swimmer Ana Fradkin can often be found at an outdoor pool in El Segundo. Swimming gives her peace of mind, so-much-so she makes in into the pool before dawn about five times a week. “I’m a butterflier, and a freestyler. But now I’m a nothing, I’m a survivor who just swims", said Fradkin. Fradkin is doing everything she can to survive today, because in August, she lost her 14-year-old son Scotty to an accidental drug overdose. The tragedy has uprooted her world, along with her husband and younger daughter Juliet. Fradkin says...
  • Minneapolis to name stretch of street for George Floyd

    09/19/2020 10:41:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Dissociated Press ^ | September 19, 2020
    A stretch of a Minneapolis street that includes the place where George Floyd was killed will soon be named in his honor. Although the street will still be called Chicago Avenue, the city will refer to the blocks between 37th and 39th streets as George Perry Floyd Jr. Place, the Star Tribune reported. The City Council approved the naming Friday, and Mayor Jacob Frey’s office said he would likely sign off on it as well. …
  • George Floyd’s Death Might Be Ruled A Homicide, Not A Drug Overdose, Even If Narcotics Played A Part

    08/30/2020 8:17:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Red State ^ | 08/30/2020 | Jeff Charles
    New court documents related to the death of George Floyd indicate that the deceased Minneapolis resident had a “fatal level” of fentanyl in his system at the time of his arrest by former police officer Derek Chauvin and three other officers. This has led many to believe that the actions of Chauvin were not the cause of Floyd’s death.In fact, the officer’s lawyer has asked the judge presiding over the case to drop the charges against the former law enforcement official, arguing that his client’s kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes did not lead to his demise. However,...
  • George Floyd’s Death Likely Caused by Drug Overdose, Argue Derek Chauvin’s Lawyers

    08/28/2020 10:48:33 PM PDT · by rintintin · 37 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 28 2020 | By Shayndi Raice and Erin Ailworth
    A lethal overdose of fentanyl killed George Floyd, not a knee on his neck, argued a lawyer for former Officer Derek Chauvin in a motion to dismiss the charges against his client filed Friday.
  • Declare Fentanyl a Weapon of Mass Destruction

    08/28/2020 6:58:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | August 28, 2020 | Martha Boneta
    When it comes to Fentanyl, it is hard for us to think beyond the sheer human tragedy. It is hard for us to think beyond the 32,000 lost to overdoses from this drug in 2018 – up from 28,000 the year before.It is hard for us to think beyond the suffering James Rauh of Cleveland has endured. His son, Thomas, injured himself in a roller blading accident and was prescribed opioids to deal with the pain. The son became addicted, turned to heroin and died when unbeknownst to him; he injected a dose of pure fentanyl that was provided by...

    08/27/2020 6:35:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 54 replies
    Powerline ^ | AUGUST 27, 2020 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    I wrote about all of that here. But now there is a new bombshell: on Tuesday, prosecutors who have charged Derek Chauvin with murder released a document that suggests that he had nothing to do with Floyd’s death, which in all likelihood resulted from a drug overdose. Not only that, prosecutors have known that fact for months. Former state and federal prosecutor George Parry has the story. It was linked earlier as a Pick, but I think deserves more attention: Former state and federal prosecutor George Parry has the story. It was linked earlier as a Pick, but I think...
  • Court Docs Show Medical Examiner Thought George Floyd Had ‘Fatal Level of Fentanyl’ In His System

    08/26/2020 12:45:47 PM PDT · by MJacks4 · 50 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | 08/26/2020 | Rusty Weiss
    New documents filed in the case involving the death of George Floyd show the medical examiner’s opinion that the victim had a potentially fatal level of fentanyl in his system. One document is a memorandum of a conversation between a court attorney and Andrew Baker, the Hennepin County chief medical examiner. The conversation included statements that the fentanyl levels in Floyd’s system were “pretty high” and “can cause pulmonary edema.” The document includes, “This level of fentanyl can cause pulmonary edema. Mr. Floyd’s lungs were 2-3x their normal weight at autopsy. That is fatal level of fentanyl under normal circumstances.”
  • Court filings: Medical examiner thought George Floyd had 'fatal level' of fentanyl in system

    08/26/2020 6:50:04 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 15 replies
    Fox9 KMSP ^ | 8/25/2020 | Fox9 Staff
    MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - New exhibits filed in the case against the four former Minneapolis Police Officers accused of murdering George Floyd suggest the Hennepin County Medical Examiner thought George Floyd’s fentanyl levels were at a potentially “fatal level”, but his and other medical examiner’s findings showed he died of a combination of factors.
  • Autopsy report of George Floyd

    08/09/2020 6:26:42 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 41 replies ^ | Jun 04, 2020 | Stef Dyga
    Autopsy report of George Floyd
  • Former Angels employee Eric Kay charged with distributing fentanyl in Tyler Skaggs case

    08/07/2020 6:36:02 PM PDT · by texas booster · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | Aug 7 2020 | Nathan Fenno
    Former Angels employee Eric Kay has been charged by federal authorities in Texas with distributing fentanyl in connection with the overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. A toxicology report by the Tarrant County medical examiner found the opioids fentanyl and oxycodone in his system. The medical examiner listed the cause of death as “alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents,” meaning he choked on his vomit. Inside Skaggs’ hotel room, authorities found white powder on the floor and a blue pill marked “M/30.” Both tested positive for fentanyl. The affidavit said the blue pill had the...
  • US Customs Seize Millions Worth of Illicit Narcotics and Assault Weapon Parts From China

    06/28/2020 7:48:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 06/28/2020 | Frank Fang
    U.S. customs officials in Cincinnati recently seized 530 pounds of illicit narcotics and other controlled substances in a shipment originating from China, which had a street value of over $2 million. The cargo also contained other illicit goods such as counterfeit products and prohibited food items. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the seizure in a press release on June 26. The shipment, intercepted by customs officials on May 11, was destined for a single importer in Aurora, Colorado. “This is the largest synthetic seizure in the history of our port,” said Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie in the press...
  • 'OUTRAGEOUS’ Fury as photos show African-American hair products LOCKED UP on supermarket shelves but those for white customers aren’t

    06/10/2020 2:53:46 PM PDT · by familyop · 121 replies
    The Sun ^ | June 10 2020 | Henry Holloway
    The images of hair care products at Walmart are said to show items targeted at African American shoppers locked up behind a glass cabinet, while those more commonly advertised as being for white people's hair are left untouched. He wrote: "It's more than just the police." The pictures have sparked fury as many claim it is an example of bias against black people in their day-to-day lives. ... One user said: "Damn. All the times I've walked past this at Walmart and never even put two and two together. Holy hell this makes me sad I've never recognized all the...
  • Did Fentanyl Kill George Floyd?

    06/08/2020 1:29:51 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 77 replies
    Vanity | 08 June 2020
    George Floyd had 11 ng of fentanyl in his blood. When terminal cancer patients die - usually unconscious - they average 12 ng. The average lethal dose of fentanyl for experienced users is 24 ng. I provide quotes about fentanyl from three forensic experts who are speaking specifically about the Floyd case in Comment #1. By the way - the knee on the neck restraint has been used by the Minneapolis Police for decades. It is explicitly described in their Police Manual - "knee" link in Comment #1, also.
  • Trump retweets video of Candace Owens attacking George Floyd

    President Trump retweeted a video Friday of right-wing commentators Glenn Beck and Candace Owens attacking the reputation of George Floyd. “The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me,” Owens told Beck in the footage. “George Floyd was not a good person.” As mass protests rocked the nation for yet another day, the Trump retweet amplified the message to a worldwide audience and his 81.8 million Twitter followers. Beck and Owens then delved into Floyd’s lengthy criminal record, which included time behind bars. Floyd’s autopsy report revealed he had both fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system...
  • 2 officers involved in George Floyd death were rookies, attorney says 1 was on his 4th day

    06/05/2020 11:10:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 69 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6-5-20
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (FOX 9) – One of the police officers arrested and charged with aiding and abetting the murder of George Floyd was on his fourth day on the job when the incident occurred. According to Earl Grey, the defense attorney for Thomas Lane, the rookie officer was on his fourth day on patrol. “What would your state of mind be if you work your rear end off to become a cop and four days on the job, you’re accused of murder?” Grey asked, arguing that his client did not aid in a murder. Lane, along with Tou Thao and...
  • Minneapolis Disaster: Fentanyl, Methamphetamine & Excited Delirium

    06/03/2020 11:34:27 PM PDT · by Penelope Dreadful · 78 replies
    Law Officer ^ | June 3,2020 | Law Officer
    The death of George Floyd after an interaction with the Minneapolis Police Department has rocked the world and while everyone reading this believes that an officer that put his knee in the back of Floyd’s neck for close to nine minutes was the cause of death, the facts and evidence are anything but that. The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine says that “Excited delirium is characterized by agitation, aggression, acute distress and sudden death, often in the pre-hospital care setting. It is typically associated with the use of drugs Subjects typically die from a heart attack and the majority of...
  • Wuhan’s Other Epidemic

    05/12/2020 2:50:29 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 4 replies
    City Journal ^ | May 12, 2020 | Christopher F. Rufo
    ...Over the past decade, Wuhan has emerged as the global headquarters for fentanyl production. The city’s chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers hide production of the drug within their larger, licit manufacturing operations, then ship it abroad using deliberately mislabeled packaging, concealment techniques, and a complex network of forwarding addresses. According to a recent ABC News report, “huge amounts of these mail-order [fentanyl] components can be traced to a single, state-subsidized company in Wuhan.” Earlier this year, when Wuhan went into lockdown due to the coronavirus, North America’s illegal drug market went into panic mode. Drug cartels in Mexico forecasted a massive...
  • Drug-seeking Rats Ditch Opioids for Socializing After Brain Area Activation

    04/10/2020 10:20:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Technology Networks ^ | Apr 06, 2020
    A new study conducted in rats shows that animals ignore social contact in favor of highly addictive opioid drugs. Researchers went on to show that this drug-seeking behavior could be reversed by stimulating a region of the brain. Researchers in the Arizona State University Department of Psychology previously used an animal model of opioid addiction and empathy to show that animals stopped prosocial behaviors - helping another animal - when heroin was available. The same research group has now shown that activating the anterior insula restored prosocial behaviors in opioid-addicted animals. The study will be published in Social Neuroscience and...