DEA Forms Response Team In San Diego Due To Skyrocketing Overdoses Linked To Fentanyl
The task force is made up of local, state and federal law enforcement officers, along with health workers and a medical examiner. “People don’t know what they’re getting when they ingest these drugs, and it leads to overdoses and sometimes those overdoses result in death,” said Colin Ruane, DEA assistant special agent in charge.
Soaring Fentanyl-Related Overdoses Prompt New San Diego Response Team
A soaring number of fentanyl-related overdoses has prompted the formation of a new Drug Enforcement Administration overdose response team in San Diego County. ... According to the California Department of Public Health, the county’s fentanyl overdose death rate in 2017 was twice the California rate last year, with nearly 150 fentanyl-related fatalities. (Murphy, 9/24)
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As Concussion Concerns Grow, CDC Issues New Guidelines For Treating Student Athletes With Head Injuries
Concussions in NFL players have caused a major shift in rules and safety standards for California school sports. Now, the state’s doctors are changing the way they care for student athletes after hard blows to the head. This month the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new federal guidelines for youth traumatic brain injury. (Caiola, 9/24)