Flint police announce large Fentanyl seizure
FLINT, MI – A July investigation by the Flint Police Department’s Special Investigative Unit led to the seizure of one kilogram of Fentanyl and three arrests, authorities with the department said during a Tuesday, Aug. 9, news conference. This is a very dangerous narcotic.”The seizure was significant, Flint Police Chief Terence Green said, amounting to $500,000. “(The) seizure of this large quantity of fentanyl definitely saved lives,” Green said Tuesday. Forty-one fatal overdoses have been reported in Flint thus far in 2022, with six in July. Three people were arrested in connection with the investigation, but they were each released pending further investigation, Green said.mlive.com
Sterling Heights police find 20,000 fentanyl pills from Mexican drug cartel in hidden car compartments
Sterling Heights police found 20,000 fentanyl pills inside the hidden compartments of a vehicle and arrested a man and a woman who admitted they had entered the country illegally from Mexico to transport the drugs for a cartel, officials said.
Deputies save suspected OD victim outside U.P. sheriff’s office
CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MI -- Deputies with the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Officer rescued a suspected overdose victim Wednesday who was found outside of their department headquarters. The CCSO says it received a call around 10 a.m. for a report of someone having a seizure in the parking lot of the sheriff’s office. Deputies responded and found an unconscious 23-year-old woman who they believed was overdosing on a narcotic. Deputies administered two rounds of Narcan to the woman in hopes of reviving her. Police say the Fentanyl makes it much harder to bring someone back from an overdose as it often requires multiple Narcan shots to bring someone back.mlive.com
Oklahoma man charged with giving fatal batch of fentanyl to Iosco County woman
A subsequent autopsy revealed Snyder died from a fentanyl overdose. Though he formerly lived in Oscoda, Adkins is currently a resident of Custer County, Oklahoma. In a 12-month period ending in April 2021, opioid-related overdose deaths increased to 75,673 from 50,064 the prior year, the CDC reports. However, the CDC also reports Michigan’s overdose deaths experienced a 7% hike from September 2020 to September 2021, from 2,741 to 2,933. “Since 2000, opioid overdose deaths have grown ten-fold in Michigan,” the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services states.mlive.com
6 college students who OD’d on fentanyl-laced cocaine are West Point football players
The six college students who overdosed on fentanyl-laced cocaine Thursday in Wilton Manors, Florida have been identified as football players at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. They were in town for spring break, renting a house in Wilton Manors that would become the scene of a desperate attempt to save lives. Two students who hadn’t taken the drug tried to give their friend mouth-to-mouth and received enough fentanyl that way to suffer overdoses themselves. Four of the students were taken to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, while the other two were taken to Holy Cross Health. The home is routinely booked, but holiday weekends and spring break tend to see the party crowds, the neighbor said.mlive.com
6 college students OD on fentanyl-laced cocaine at Florida spring break party
By Angie DiMichele, South Florida Sun Sentinel (TNS)WILTON MANORS, Fla. — A spring break party at a Wilton Manors rental house Thursday ended with six college students overdosing on fentanyl-laced cocaine, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue officials said. Other students, in addition to the six hospitalized, were staying at the house, Gollan said. Spring break in South Florida draws hundreds of college-aged students to its many beaches each year, which typically runs from March 4 to about April 3, depending on the schools. With the episode happening shortly into spring break, Gollan said, there’s a concern that things could become “much worse” if laced drugs are spreading in the area. “This is a great concern because you have a drug that’s laced with unknown substance here and, I mean, it’s just the beginning of spring break,” Gollan said.mlive.com
Possible fentanyl overdose lands 6 students on spring break in Florida hospitals
It happened in an Airbnb in the Fort Lauderdale area. One of the six students was in critical condition. Authorities said four apparently ingested fentanyl-laced cocaine and the other two were affected when they tried to perform CPR.cbsnews.com
Ease of Covid lockdown restrictions may help diminish drug addiction, National Institute on Drug Abuse director says
Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, told CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith" that she's hopeful that the spike in drug overdoses will not be lasting.cnbc.com
Enough fentanyl to kill San Francisco: the new wave of the opioid crisis sweeping California
Deaths from fentanyl overdoses have jumped by more than 2,100% in five years as the powerful drug has flooded the state Family members whose relatives died from pills containing fentanyl outside the Roybal federal building on in Los Angeles, California Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/AFP/Getty Images When San Francisco police seized seven kilos of powder-filled baggies containing the deadly opioid fentanyl last week, the city’s police chief warned the bust contained “enough lethal overdoses to wipenews.yahoo.com
Michigan State Police trooper hospitalized after being exposed to fentanyl during traffic stop
KAWKAWLIN TWP, MI — A Michigan State Police trooper has been hospitalized after encountering a dangerous drug during a traffic stop. “Troopers carry Narcan to treat overdose cases or even fellow troopers.”Accidental drug overdose is considered the leading cause of death for those under 50 in the U.S., according to drugpolicy.org. The CDC reports that Michigan’s rate of drug overdose deaths in 2018 was “statistically similar” to its 2017 rate. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported on April 15 that Michigan experienced 2,354 overdose deaths in 2019, 1,768 of which — 75.1% —involved opiates. However, preliminary data for January through June 2020 show 1,340 overdose deaths, an increase from 1,155 in those same months of the previous year.mlive.com
Warren police bust drug ring selling cocaine laced with fentanyl
They believe the three taken into custody are the leaders of a ring selling cocaine laced with fentanyl that has killed three people in Warren. Jermaine Tate, 38, has been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl. Nathaniel Clark, 32, as been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, three counts of delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl. Terry Jamal Gaskins, 34, has been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, three counts of delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl. Authorities said they’ve been distributing cocaine laced with fentanyl, cut down to make a larger profit.
3 arrested in connection with Warren fentanyl ring, more arrests likely
WARREN, Mich. – An investigation into a large-scale group alleged to be manufacturing and distributing fentanyl across Metro Detroit culminated in the arrests of three people. (Stopping Narcotic Overdoses in Warren) began investigating in November after the death of a 47-year-old resident. Jermaine Tate, 38, has been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl. Nathaniel Clark, 32, as been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, three counts of delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl. Terry Jamal Gaskins, 34, has been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, three counts of delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl.
‘Purple heroin’ linked to several overdose cases, 1 death in Michigan
DETROIT – The Michigan Poison Center at the Wayne State University School of Medicine is issuing a warning about recent reports involving “purple heroin” in Michigan. The drug has been linked to several overdoses in the Upper Peninsula and one overdose-related death in Van Buren County. Samples of the drug were sent to the Michigan State Police Laboratory for testing. They do not know if “purple heroin” is colored before or after arriving in Michigan. The Michigan Poison Center is available by calling this number 800-222-1222.
Warren police operation seizes 75 guns, $107,000 in drug money
WARREN, Mich. – Police in Warren responded to a recent uptick in crime with Operation SNAG, which helped get guns, drugs and criminals off the streets. City officials held a press conference Thursday to discuss SNAG, which stands for Saving Neighborhoods Against Guns. It includes a police task force getting deep into areas where there have been shootings and armed robberies. Police said more than two dozen guns seized are at a crime lab being tested. Warren mayor Jim Fouts commended the Warren Police Department for Operation SNAG and said the task force saved lives.
‘McDonald’s for drugs': Leader of massive Detroit drug operation sentenced to 30 years in prison
DETROIT – The leader of a massive heroin, crack cocaine, and fentanyl operation in Detroit is headed to prison for 30 years. Officials said Demarco Tempo, who goes by Polo, was called “a McDonald’s for drugs” by former customers. Authorities said an investigation into a rash of non-fatal fentanyl overdoses and a fatal overdose in Warren led to an investigation in 2016. According to authorities, Tempo’s organization was selling heroin mixed with fentanyl, and sometimes just fentanyl, to people. Many of them were convicted on numerous charges related to distribution, conspiracy to distribute and other charges related to overdoses.
3 Detroit residents arrested after meth, fentanyl sold to undercover officials
WOLVERINE, Mich. – Three Detroit residents were arrested earlier this week after methamphetamine and fentanyl were sold to undercover officials. Hariston is charged with conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and conspiracy to deliver fentanyl. Bennett is charged with conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine, conspiracy to deliver fentanyl and delivery of fentanyl. McAfee is charged with conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and conspiracy to deliver fentanyl. He also received a habitual offender -- fourth offense notice, which carries a possible life sentence.
Trump administration resolves fentanyl dispute but congressional support needed for broader crackdown
The measure would allow the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to permanently place all fentanyl analogues into the same legal category as heroin and cocaine. At the same time, the agreement would ease some of the strict rules governing research around fentanyl analogues, according to the text seen by Reuters. Researchers, including some in the federal government, have complained the proposed permanent restrictions on fentanyl analogues could hamper their ability to develop new antidotes to drug overdoses. The DEA in February 2018 temporarily classified all fentanyl analogues as Schedule 1 drugs, meaning they are highly addictive and have no medical use. Since the temporary order went into effect, Justice Department officials say it has helped deter chemists from creating as many new versions of fentanyl.feeds.reuters.com
Report: Minorities, including Arab Americans, make up increasingly high number of drug overdose deaths in Wayne County
However, there was an increase in overdose deaths in 2018 among African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans and Arab Americans, according to an analysis presented during last months Substance Use Disorders Oversight Policy Board meeting. The analysis used data supplied by the Wayne County Office of the Medical Examiner. African Americans had an increase of 4 percent in overdose deaths during the same period, while Latino Americans had an increase in deaths of more than 9 percent. Midway through 2019 there were 491 drug overdose deaths in Wayne County, 52.8 percent of which occurred in Detroit, a report from WDET.org said. In 2018, there were 915 deaths in Wayne County, with 54.3 percent of them occurring in Detroit.arabamericannews.com
Peters introduces bill to combat spread of opioids through mail
The bill would require USPS to develop and publish a comprehensive organizational strategy to combat the use of the mail in illicit drug distribution. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, and Mitt Romney, R-Utah, introduced a bill in the Senate this week that would direct the U.S. Postal Service to create plans to combat drugs being distributed by its services. Postal Service Opioid and Illicit Drug Strategy Act was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Peters and Romney believe that the bill will crack down on illegal distribution of opioids.monroenews.com
Michigan State Police: 3 million doses of fentanyl seized in I-94 traffic stop
PAW PAW, Mich. – Michigan State Police seized three kilograms of fentanyl during a traffic stop on I-94 in Southwest Michigan. Michigan State Police made the stop in Van Buren County after troopers spotted “several indicators of criminal activity,” eventually searching the vehicle and finding the hidden drugs, WOOD TV reports. “The amount of fentanyl involved in this case is alarming and not typical of what we see day to day,” Capt. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. Like morphine, it is a medicine that is typically used to treat patients with severe pain, especially after surgery.
Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks at U.S. Marshals Operation Triple Beam Press Conference
Unlike many cities in the United States that have seen violent crimes rates fall over the past few years, violent crime rates in Albuquerque remain stubbornly high. I view Operation Triple Beam as preparing the field for these efforts that will be coming in the weeks ahead. My top priority as Attorney General is to continue the fight against violent crime, and step it up wherever needed. Approximately half of all the arrests made under Operation Triple Beam have occurred in the last two years, though the program started in 2011. Marshals Service, to discuss more details of Operation Triple Beam.justice.gov
Fentanyl deadliest drug in US, but meth kills more in some places
Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images(CNN) - Fentanyl remains the deadliest drug in the United States, but in some areas of the country, methamphetamine kills more people. In 2017, fentanyl was associated with 38.9% of all drug overdose deaths, an increase from 2016, when it was associated with 29% of all fatal overdoses. This is the second year that CDC analyzed fatal overdoses in this way. While fentanyl was the most common drug involved in fatal overdoses nationally, there was a geographic divide, the report said. In 2017, the latest year for which complete data is available, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses.
Meth is most common drug in overdose deaths in chunk of US
Fentanyl is driving drug overdose deaths in the U.S. overall, but in nearly half of the country, it's a different story. It's based on 2017 figures when there were more than 70,000 overdose deaths in the U.S., two-thirds of them involving opioids. Final 2018 data has not yet been released, but preliminary figures suggest that overdose deaths involving meth increased. Since the report is the first of its kind, how meth factored into overdose deaths regionally in the past isn't known. State meth deaths went from 150 in 2017 to 194 last year, vaulting meth to the top.chicagotribune.com
New drug overdose data capture earliest days of fentanyls deadly westward expansion
Nationwide, fentanyl played a role in nearly 4 out of 10 fatal overdoses in 2017, more than any other drug. AdvertisementIllicit fentanyl is thought to have penetrated the U.S. drug supply earliest and hardest in New England. AdvertisementIn January, California emergency room doctors and county health officials documented a rash of apparent fentanyl overdoses. As drug distributors cut fentanyl into all the drugs that make up a goofballers cocktail, deadly overdoses could increase. A database of drug death in California suggests that fentanyls increased presence is already being felt in the state.latimes.com
Fentanyl Is The Deadliest Drug In The US, But In Some Places, Meth Kills More
A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Preventions National Center for Health Statistics found that fentanyl is the drug most commonly identified in fatal overdoses. In 2017, fentanyl was associated with 38.9% of all drug overdose deaths, an increase from 2016, when it was associated with 29% of all fatal overdoses. This is the second year that CDC analyzed fatal overdoses in this way. While fentanyl was the most common drug involved in fatal overdoses nationally, there was a geographic divide, the report said. In 2017, the latest year for which complete data is available, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses.detroit.cbslocal.com
San Francisco inmates, deputies hospitalized after narcotic exposure
Copyright 2019 CNNSAN FRANCISCO - Five inmates and eight deputies from a San Francisco County jail were taken to the hospital after exposure to a narcotic -- possibly fentanyl, authorities said. The San Francisco Fire Department responded Tuesday evening to a call from sheriff's deputies who found an unresponsive inmate at County Jail #4 at the Hall of Justice. The inmate, along with four others who showed symptoms, were given Narcan and transported to a local hospital, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Eight deputies who administered CPR on scene were also exposed to the narcotic and taken to local hospitals. The fire department has cleared the affected area but it still needs to be decontaminated, authorities said.
Deadly fentanyl bought online from China being shipped through the mail
One drug, fentanyl, is like rocket fuel in the sharp rise of the crisis. Matt Cronin: Gordon Jin. The United States Postal System has been, for many years, the most reliable way to smuggle drugs from China to the U.S. Rob Portman In Congress: It's primarily produced in laboratories in China and it's primarily coming to the United States through the United States mail system. It is a fact that these synthetic opioids are responsible for the overwhelming increase in overdose deaths in the United States.cbsnews.com
For economists and investors, the globe hasn't been this confusing in at least three decades
An index designed to measure policy-related uncertainty around the world is hovering at its highest level ever. The Economic Policy Uncertainty Index hit its second-highest level, 340, in June. "We found that high levels of policy uncertainty tended to depress investment, depress hiring, in industries that are most exposed to that government behavior," one of the index's founders Scott Baker told CNBC. Now, concerns about global economic uncertainty helped spur the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis. Across the pondGlobal central banks have been easing at unprecedented levels, with debt in Europe and Japan at zero or negative interest rates, while still producing weak economic data.cnbc.com
6 prison staffers hospitalized for possible fentanyl exposure
Wikimedia Commons(CNN) - Six staff members at a prison in Connecticut were taken to local hospitals for possible exposure to fentanyl, the potent synthetic opioid, the Connecticut Department of Correction said. An ambulance was called to the Cheshire Correctional Institute, a state prison, at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to take a correctional officer in medical distress to the hospital, the department said in a statement. The Department of Correction and Connecticut State Police are investigating. The correctional institution has 428 current staffers and emphasizes rewards for deserving inmates, including in educational programming, its website states. That potency means that police, first responders and prison staffers can overdose or suffer health effects after even a minor encounter with the drug.
Trump says any war with Iran 'would not last very long,' but he still hopes for no conflict
President Donald Trump said Wednesday "I hope we don't" have a war with Iran, but it "would not last very long." In an interview with Fox Business Network, Trump also explained his decision to call off military strikes on Iran in retaliation for its downing of a U.S military surveillance drone last week. Asked about the possibility of war with Iran. Trump said: "I can tell you that, it would not last very long." Trump suggested that he would not deploy U.S. troops to fight Iran if there were a conflict.cnbc.com