Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Bring Out Your Dead: San Francisco's Impending Cholera Epidemic

American Thinker
March 13, 2018
By J.R. Dunn

Years ago, Tom Wolfe published a funny piece dealing with the reappearance during the Summer of Love of diseases never seen in the modern epoch. Wolfe's overall term for these disorders was, if I recall correctly, "The Crud." Doctors were unfamiliar with these conditions and in some cases uncertain as to how to treat them. Some of those children of nature ended up with chronic disorders.

This served as a life lesson for the counterculture, most of whom resumed bathing. But now, fifty years later, we – at least those of us in California – are about to receive another such lesson, this one more drastic and widespread.

Over the past year or so, AT readers have derived quite a few laughs over what has come to be called the "s‑‑‑ map," a map of the neighborhoods of San Francisco in which the streets are inundated with human waste left by the homeless. (Some commentators assumed that the map was intended as a warning to tourists. But in fact, its creator has recently added a comment asserting that it is intended to "bring attention to the issue of homelessness." Thanks very much.)


This is a remarkable development. Filth-encrusted streets were a pre-modern phenomenon, an aspect of a medieval world that no longer exists in most of the northern hemisphere. Filthy streets were a standard element of urban existence until late in the 19th century. In the U.S., the original Progressive movement (a reform movement, let's remember, with little relationship with postmodern "progressives") made sewage systems a primary goal of its program.

The result was dramatic upgrading of urban life throughout the industrial world, rendering it more pleasant, healthier, and infinitely less lethal.

It was less lethal because the squalid conditions of pre-modern urban streets acted as a breeding ground for a plethora of diseases. The result of these fetid conditions was chronic low-level disorders of the skin and intestinal tract, broken by occasional full-bore epidemics that could carry off large fractions of a city's population.

The prince of these epidemic diseases was cholera. Currently unknown in the industrialized West (most doctors have never seen a case), cholera was a filth-based disease caused by human and animal waste and nothing else. Originating in the Ganges delta, cholera spread across the planet until, in the 19th century, it was a standard feature of urban life. Cholera epidemics were chronic, breaking out wherever sewage mixed with drinking water. Cholera was an oddity among diseases in that it often progressed with no visible symptoms. An individual showing no symptoms at all could suddenly collapse at noon and be dead by sundown.

Cholera still exists in the Third World. According to the WHO, the most recent pandemic broke out of South Asia in 1961 and reached the Americas by the 1990s. "Cholera is now endemic in many countries."

We will also point out that the city of San Francisco is a sanctuary city, or, in the words of the ordinance itself, "a City and County of Refuge." That is, San Francisco has put out the welcome mat for tens of thousands of third-world illegals. The city has made itself a magnet for refugees from countries with no modern sewage systems and no tradition of personal hygiene – the same countries in which the WHO asserts that cholera has become "endemic."

So put these two factors together – streets engulfed in human s‑‑‑ and immigrants from countries overrun with infectious diseases – and what do we get?

We get a blast from the past. We get a taste of urban life in the 18th and 19th centuries. We get a form of terror unwitnessed by any living American.

We get a cholera epidemic.

This will come. It is, by very the nature of things, unavoidable. It is one of those things described by the novelist Robert Heinlein as "two trains on the same track accelerating toward each other." It may well come with the hot weather next summer.

There's no point in asking whether the state of California will be "prepared." Of course it is. There will be plenty of marches and petitions. Donald Trump is available to be blamed. The unicorns and butterflies are ready to chase all the bad things away.

And beyond that, we have diphtheria, typhus, yellowjack, dengue fever...the possibilities are endless.

Ain't liberalism grand? 

Thank You Mr Dunn and American Thinker.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sacklers Lie, People Die: The Met Gets Littered With Pill Bottles For Accepting Money From Opioid Profiteers

Steve Birr Vice Reporter
12:57 PM 03/12/2018

Addiction activists descended on the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City Saturday to excoriate the institution for accepting massive contributions from the family blamed for igniting the opioid epidemic.

Led by photographer Nan Goldin, demonstrators entered the Sackler Wing of the museum, which houses the famous Temple of Dendur, and littered the exhibit with prescription pill bottles in protest of donations from the opioid-enriched Sackler family. The bottles, which activists threw into the Temple’s reflecting pool, had labels that read, “OxyContin…prescribed to you by the Sacklers,” reported The New York Times.

Protesters carried banners reading “Shame on Sacklers” and “Fund Rehab” as they chanted, “Sacklers lie; people die,” from inside the halls of the wing bearing the family’s name. Goldin, who was addicted to OxyContin from 2014 to 2017, wants to highlight the family’s aggressive marketing of opioid painkillers in the late 1990s that lead to widespread opioid abuse and more than 200,000 prescription overdose deaths between 1999 and 2016.

The Sackler Wing at the Met is named for brothers Arthur, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler, who bought Purdue in the early 1950s. Arthur is known for pioneering the aggressive marketing campaigns now commonly employed by pharmaceutical companies to maximize their drug sales.

This strategy helped Arthur make Valium the first $100 million drug in the U.S., according to the Medical Advertising Hall of Fame.

Arthur died years before the company rebranded as Purdue Pharma and released OxyContin. However, Mortimer and Raymond lived to see the painkiller become a massive success. The Sacklers’ Purdue, through a major association that accredits health organizations, funded and distributed educational material beginning in the late 1990s that downplayed the risks of opioids. (RELATED: Billionaire Family Behind OxyContin Apparently Spends ZILCH Rehabbing Addicts)

Purdue’s profits from OxyContin sales topped $1.5 billion by 2001, up from $48 million in 1996. Dr. Richard Sackler, Raymond’s son, became president of Purdue Pharma in 1999 and co-chairman of the board of directors in 2003, formative times for the company during which it intensely marketed OxyContin and pushed doctors to prescribe opioids for nearly all forms of pain.

OxyContin eventually helped the Sackler family achieve a $13 billion net worth, earning them the 19th slot on Forbes’ annual list of the wealthiest families in the country. Despite their massive wealth, the family has spent nothing on addiction rehab or treatment. (RELATED: Opioid Heir Ignores Addicts, Buys $23 Million Bel-Air Mansion Instead)

Goldin’s advocacy group Prescription Addiction Intervention Now, or PAIN, aims to hold the Sackler family accountable by making them fund opioid addiction treatment centers. She also wants to draw attention to the Sackler’s philanthropy. “They have washed their blood money through the halls of museums and universities around the world,” the photographer said in January.

“We are artists, activists, addicts,” Goldin said during the protest at the Met Saturday, according to The New York Times. “We are fed up. We’re just getting started. We’ll be back.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation first highlighted on Aug. 28 the role Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family played in fueling the opioid crisis through a deceptive marketing campaign that pushed knowingly false information downplaying the addictive risks of painkillers.

An Oct. 9 investigation by TheDCNF revealed the large sums of opioid profits the Sackler family has donated to medical research and art institutions, like the Met, many of which honor the family with wings bearing their name. It found none of those profits have gone towards helping victims of addiction.

Subsequent reporting by Esquire on Oct. 16 and The New Yorker on Oct. 30 further exposed the origins of the Sackler family wealth and their ties to esteemed art galleries and other nonprofits.

A report by TheDCNF on Nov. 13 detailed 44 nonprofits that took at least $100,000 from the Sacklers between 2013 and 2015. Every organization contacted, including prestigious institutions such as the Met, the Brooklyn Museum and the Guggenheim Museum, were all seemingly indifferent to their funding source, some even defending the Sackler family.

Purdue Pharma denies allegations of complicity in the opioid epidemic and says they are committed to curbing rates of opioid abuse.

“We are deeply troubled by the opioid crisis and we are dedicated to being part of the solution. As a company grounded in science, we must balance patient access to FDA-approved medicines, while working collaboratively to solve this public health challenge,” a company spokesman previously told TheDCNF.

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death for Americans under age 50, killing more than 64,000 people in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Data released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse on Sept. 7 paints a grim outlook for the future of the drug crisis ravaging American communities.

America’s addiction epidemic will continue to deteriorate, pushing drug deaths to an estimated 71,600 in 2017, the study predicted. If the estimates prove accurate, 2017 will be the second year in a row drug deaths surpass U.S. casualties in the Vietnam War.

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Thank You Mr Birr and the DC.

Friday, March 9, 2018

There's One US Town Where Guns Are Required By Law

If you're unfamiliar with Kennesaw Georgia;

Leah Barkoukis
Posted: Mar 08, 2018 3:20 PM 

While many politicians are scrambling to curb the Second Amendment rights of Americans in an effort to ensure public safety, one U.S. town has had the opposite approach for decades: require all residents to have a gun.

According to local law in Kennesaw, Georgia, “every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm."

While the 1982 law isn’t actually enforced, the town’s mayor spoke highly of it nonetheless.

"If you're going to commit a crime in Kennesaw and you're the criminal -- are you going to take a chance that that homeowner is a law-abiding citizen?" asked Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling, reports CNN.

Lt. Craig Graydon of the Kennesaw Police Department explained the law “was meant to be kind of a crime deterrent.”

And while it’s difficult to prove a causal relationship between the law and crime in the town, Kennesaw, which boasts a population of 33,000 people, has a violent crime rate of less than 2 percent and has only had one murder in the last six years.

"We can't say that just that gun law contributes x number of percent to why we have a low crime rate. It may be part of it, but it needs to be looked at from a whole picture," said Graydon, who’s been with the police department for 30 years.

Town officials have been fielding calls from across the country in the wake of recent mass shootings, inquiring about the town’s gun law.

"We get a lot of calls, conversation, and it seems to keep crime control, gun safety, things like that on the minds of many of the residents, because people are constantly talking about the gun law," said Graydon. "So that's been somewhat of a benefit to us."

And many are surprised by the town when they actually visit.

"The first thing that most people say when they meet us, you know as a community is 'oh, it's not what I expected,'" said Mayor Easterling. "I don't know what they expect of people who arm themselves with guns at home, or what they're looking for, but really we're not that."

"People kind of get the image that it's the Wild West, where everybody walks around with a firearm strapped to their side, and it's not like that," resident Wayne Arnold told CNN. "It's strictly a home defense system type of deal. There's no shootouts down the street."

Thank You Ms Barkoukis and Townhall. 

BTW: regarding the Democrat howling for more gun control in the wake of the Parkland mass murder:


Trump Blasts Oakland Mayor As 'Disgrace' Over Warning About Immigration Raids

Leah Barkoukis
Posted: Mar 09, 2018 7:30 AM

President Trump blasted Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf as a “disgrace” on Thursday for warning residents about upcoming immigration raids.

“What the mayor of Oakland did the other day was a disgrace. Where they had close to a thousand people, ready to be gotten, ready to be taken off the streets. … The mayor of Oakland went out, and she went out and warned them all: scatter,” Trump said during a Cabinet meeting.

“So instead of taking in a thousand, they took in a fraction of that, about 150,” Trump continued.

“It’s certainly something we’re looking at with respect to her, individually,” he added.

Schaaf had publicly warned residents of the San Francisco Bay Area that Immigration and Customs Enforcement would be conducting an operation in the area “starting as soon as within the next 24 hours.”

Acting ICE director Thomas Homan said he believed her warning helped some of their targets evade capture.

While the agency made more than 150 arrests, he said 864 “criminal aliens and public safety threats remain at large in the community, and I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision.”

The Department of Justice is reviewing whether Schaff broke any laws, including obstruction of justice, in her decision to warn residents. In the meantime, however, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced earlier this week that it filed a lawsuit against the state of California over its sanctuary city policies.

Schaaf fired back at Sessions's decision: “How dare you vilify members of our community by trying to frighten the American public into thinking all undocumented residents are dangerous criminals?”

“How dare you distort the reality about declining violent crime in a diverse sanctuary city like Oakland, California, to advance your racist agenda,” she added.

“It was not my intention to get caught up in a national debate, but I do believe that I am speaking for the residents of my city,” Schaaf continued. “The agenda of this administration is petty political vindictiveness."

Thank You Ms Barkoukis, Townhall, and President Trump. 

Schaaf continued. “The agenda of this administration is petty political vindictiveness."

Ed; Really?

US Title 8 Section 1324: Bringing In and Harboring Certain Aliens

(a) Criminal penalties
(A) Any person who—
knowing that a person is an alien, brings to or attempts to bring to the United States in any manner whatsoever such person at a place other than a designated port of entry or place other than as designated by the Commissioner, regardless of whether such alien has received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States and regardless of any future official action which may be taken with respect to such alien;
knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, transports, or moves or attempts to transport or move such alien within the United States by means of transportation or otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law;
knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;
encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law; or
engages in any conspiracy to commit any of the preceding acts, or
aids or abets the commission of any of the preceding acts,
shall be punished as provided in subparagraph (B).
(B) A person who violates subparagraph (A) shall, for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs—
in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(i) or (v)(I) or in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), or (iv) in which the offense was done for the purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain, be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both;
in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), (iv), or (v)(II), be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both;
in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(i), (ii), (iii), (iv), or (v) during and in relation to which the person causes serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365 of title 18) to, or places in jeopardy the life of, any person, be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both; and
in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(i), (ii), (iii), (iv), or (v) resulting in the death of any person, be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined under title 18, or both.
It is not a violation of clauses [1] (ii) or (iii) of subparagraph (A), or of clause (iv) of subparagraph (A) except where a person encourages or induces an alien to come to or enter the United States, for a religious denomination having a bona fide nonprofit, religious organization in the United States, or the agents or officers of such denomination or organization, to encourage, invite, call, allow, or enable an alien who is present in the United States to perform the vocation of a minister or missionary for the denomination or organization in the United States as a volunteer who is not compensated as an employee, notwithstanding the provision of room, board, travel, medical assistance, and other basic living expenses, provided the minister or missionary has been a member of the denomination for at least one year.
(2) Any person who, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has not received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, brings to or attempts to bring to the United States in any manner whatsoever, such alien, regardless of any official action which may later be taken with respect to such alien shall, for each alien in respect to whom a violation of this paragraph occurs—
be fined in accordance with title 18 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; or
(B) in the case of—
an offense committed with the intent or with reason to believe that the alien unlawfully brought into the United States will commit an offense against the United States or any State punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year,
an offense done for the purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain, or
an offense in which the alien is not upon arrival immediately brought and presented to an appropriate immigration officer at a designated port of entry,
be fined under title 18 and shall be imprisoned, in the case of a first or second violation of subparagraph (B)(iii), not more than 10 years, in the case of a first or second violation of subparagraph (B)(i) or (B)(ii), not less than 3 nor more than 10 years, and for any other violation, not less than 5 nor more than 15 years.
Any person who, during any 12-month period, knowingly hires for employment at least 10 individuals with actual knowledge that the individuals are aliens described in subparagraph (B) shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both.
(B) An alien described in this subparagraph is an alien who—
is an unauthorized alien (as defined in section 1324a(h)(3) of this title), and
has been brought into the United States in violation of this subsection.
(4) In the case of a person who has brought aliens into the United States in violation of this subsection, the sentence otherwise provided for may be increased by up to 10 years if—
the offense was part of an ongoing commercial organization or enterprise;
aliens were transported in groups of 10 or more; and
aliens were transported in a manner that endangered their lives; or
the aliens presented a life-threatening health risk to people in the United States.
(b) Seizure and forfeiture
(1) In general
Any conveyance, including any vessel, vehicle, or aircraft, that has been or is being used in the commission of a violation of subsection (a), the gross proceeds of such violation, and any property traceable to such conveyance or proceeds, shall be seized and subject to forfeiture.
(2) Applicable procedures
Seizures and forfeitures under this subsection shall be governed by the provisions of chapter 46 of title 18 relating to civil forfeitures, including section 981(d) of such title, except that such duties as are imposed upon the Secretary of the Treasury under the customs laws described in that section shall be performed by such officers, agents, and other persons as may be designated for that purpose by the Attorney General.
(3) Prima facie evidence in determinations of violationsIn determining whether a violation of subsection (a) has occurred, any of the following shall be prima facie evidence that an alien involved in the alleged violation had not received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States or that such alien had come to, entered, or remained in the United States in violation of law:
Records of any judicial or administrative proceeding in which that alien’s status was an issue and in which it was determined that the alien had not received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States or that such alien had come to, entered, or remained in the United States in violation of law.
Official records of the Service or of the Department of State showing that the alien had not received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States or that such alien had come to, entered, or remained in the United States in violation of law.
Testimony, by an immigration officer having personal knowledge of the facts concerning that alien’s status, that the alien had not received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States or that such alien had come to, entered, or remained in the United States in violation of law.
(c) Authority to arrest
No officer or person shall have authority to make any arrests for a violation of any provision of this section except officers and employees of the Service designated by the Attorney General, either individually or as a member of a class, and all other officers whose duty it is to enforce criminal laws.
(d) Admissibility of videotaped witness testimony
Notwithstanding any provision of the Federal Rules of Evidence, the videotaped (or otherwise audiovisually preserved) deposition of a witness to a violation of subsection (a) who has been deported or otherwise expelled from the United States, or is otherwise unable to testify, may be admitted into evidence in an action brought for that violation if the witness was available for cross examination and the deposition otherwise complies with the Federal Rules of Evidence.
(e) Outreach program
The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of State, as appropriate, shall develop and implement an outreach program to educate the public in the United States and abroad about the penalties for bringing in and harboring aliens in violation of this section.
(June 27, 1952, ch. 477, title II, ch. 8, § 274, 66 Stat. 228; Pub. L. 95–582, § 2, Nov. 2, 1978, 92 Stat. 2479; Pub. L. 97–116, § 12, Dec. 29, 1981, 95 Stat. 1617; Pub. L. 99–603, title I, § 112, Nov. 6, 1986, 100 Stat. 3381; Pub. L. 100–525, § 2(d), Oct. 24, 1988, 102 Stat. 2610; Pub. L. 103–322, title VI, § 60024, Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 1981; Pub. L. 104–208, div. C, title II, §§ 203(a)–(d), 219, title VI, § 671(a)(1), Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009–565, 3009–566, 3009–574, 3009–720; Pub. L. 106–185, § 18(a), Apr. 25, 2000, 114 Stat. 222; Pub. L. 108–458, title V, § 5401, Dec. 17, 2004, 118 Stat. 3737; Pub. L. 109–97, title VII, § 796, Nov. 10, 2005, 119 Stat. 2165.)

[1]  So in original. Probably should be “clause”.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

San Francisco Mayor Willing To Go To Jail To Ensure SF Remains Sanctuary City Forever

Fine with us so long as the Court makes it more than a 4 hrs inside photo/public relations op.

Tony Lee 5 Mar 2018

Interim San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell is reportedly willing to go to jail to ensure his city always remains a “sanctuary city.”

Farrell assured hundreds of amnesty activists last week who were blocking and protesting in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building that San Francisco will forever be a “sanctuary city.” He also, according to ABC7, “said he is willing to get arrested if that’s what it takes to defend sanctuary city policies,” echoing comments that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf recently made.

The activists gathered to protest after ICE detained more than 200 illegal immigrants, nearly half of whom had criminal records, last week in various Bay Area raids. After Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tipped off illegal immigrants that ICE would be conducting sweeps, Thomas Homan, the agency’s acting director, said on last week that more than 800 illegal immigrants remained at large in the community because of Schaaf’s “irresponsible decision.”

According to KTVU, the “Power, not Panic Emergency Response Committee” organized the emergency rally. The group is composed of entities like: the “ACLU, the Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership, Full Rights Equality & Empowerment SF, Contra Costa East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition, the Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network, Centro Legal de la Raza, the California Immigrant Policy Center.”

The activists had signs that read “ICE, go melt yourself,” “ICE out of CA,” “Stop Racist Deportations,” and “Sanctuary for All.” They also chanted “Shut down ICE.”

ICE said sanctuary cities like “San Francisco and Oakland force” the agency to “focus additional resources to conduct at-large arrests in the community, putting officers, the general public and aliens at greater risk and increasing the incidents of collateral arrests.” In 2015, an illegal immigrant who had been previously deported multiple times told authorities after he murdered Kate Steinle that he came to San Francisco because he knew it was a “sanctuary city.” Steinle’s tragic death allowed Donald Trump to make illegal immigration a national issue, which enabled him to surge to the front of the GOP field and never look back.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Gun Control: SFPD Fires 65 Shots At Murder Suspect . . . And Missed 65 Times

Take it from the Democrats. Only the Police can be trusted with Guns. Oh Dear Jesus.

Tyler Durden

Nurse Arrested For Stealing Fentanyl Patches Off Of Elderly, Ill Patients

Steve Birr Vice Reporter
5:07 PM 03/02/2018

Illinois police arrested a nurse after he allegedly stole fentanyl patches from the bodies of ill, elderly patients at two rehabilitation homes where he worked.

James Rellihan, 31, is accused of going to the Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center on his day off, Feb. 24, where he took three fentanyl patches off a terminally ill man. He allegedly told the patient, “It will be OK,” as he removed the patches. Rellihan allegedly entered his former job, Heritage Health in Normal (Ill), two days later and stole fentanyl patches off a man suffering from dementia, The Pantagraph reported.

Rellihan is being held on a $50,000 bond, “given the egregious nature of the offenses,” McLean County assistant state’s attorney Jeff Horve said in a court statement Thursday. Rellihan “denied taking, using or selling” the fentanyl patches, Horve added.

Fentanyl theft cases are rising amid the national opioid epidemic. An Indiana paramedic was recently arrested after admitting to stealing fentanyl vials from ambulance supplies while treating victims at accident scenes.

St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center employee Jeanan Joseph admitted to the theft in November — the only paramedic with access to the substance to test positive for fentanyl during a subsequent drug screening.

North Carolina authorities also arrested a nurse found stealing vials of fentanyl from a Winston-Salem hospital Dec. 18, which resulted in an officer to almost suffer an overdose. Forsyth Medical Center fired Brown, following her arrest — the North Carolina Board of Nursing suspended her nursing license.

Fentanyl trumped heroin as the deadliest U.S. substance in 2016, claiming 19,413 lives, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. The substance can be anywhere from 50-to-100 times more powerful than morphine.

Drug overdoses are nationally the leading cause of accidental death for Americans under age 50, killing more than 64,000 people in 2016.

Thank You Mr Birr and the DC.

Police Warnings Keep Coming For Deadly Fentanyl Laced Cocaine

Steve Birr Vice Reporter
2:47 PM 03/03/2018

Authorities in Vermont are warning the public about the rapidly increasing threat from cocaine mixed with the deadly opioid fentanyl, which is killing unsuspecting users across the state.

Officials with the Barre Police Department issued a public alert due to a rash of overdoses in the last week, one of which proved fatal. Police say they increasingly do not know what to tell the public to specifically look out for due to the prevalence of fentanyl, which is making all drug batches deadlier, reports WCAX.

The warning is intended for anyone in the area consuming drugs, not just opioid users. Officials say people using cocaine are at particular risk of being exposed to a fatal dose of fentanyl.

“The change recently has been that fentanyl is showing up more often in cocaine,” said Deborah Hopkins, the operations director for Vermont Substance Abuse Services, according to WCAX.

Health officials in Vermont are only the latest to sound the alarm on the threat posed by the infiltration of fentanyl across drug supplies. The Ohio Department of Health recently asked medical professionals and first responders to start using the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan for any situation where a person has overdosed on drugs in case fentanyl is involved.

Fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller roughly 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, is blamed as the primary driver of the addiction crisis and rising overdose deaths. Deaths related to cocaine and fentanyl in Ohio recently jumped by 37 percent, claiming 850 lives in 2017, while deaths related to mixtures of fentanyl and methamphetamine increased by 142 percent.

Authorities fear that because cocaine is more widely used as a social drug than a substance like heroin, many users are unaware of the fatal risks even a small amount of the drug now carries.

“As we see this expansion of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs into the drug supply, the universe of people who might be at risk is much broader,” Christopher Jones, director of the National Mental Health and Substance Abuse Police Laboratory at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, recently told Philly.com. “That’s why you see the really significant spikes in overdose deaths since 2015.”

Fentanyl overtook heroin as the U.S.’s deadliest substance in 2016, claiming 19,413 lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates cocaine-overdose deaths increased from roughly 4,000 in 2009 to more than 6,700 in 2015. Officials predict cocaine-overdose deaths are about to explode in 2017 to nearly 11,000.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein previously warned it takes only 2 milligrams of fentanyl, “the equivalent of a few grains of table salt,” to cause a fatal overdose.

Thank You Mr Birr and the DC.