Sacramento Officials Preach Vigilance As Another Fentanyl-Linked Death Is Confirmed
Shortly after signaling a bit of relief from the outbreak of fentanyl-related overdoses that has struck Sacramento County, the health department announced three more, one of which was fatal.
The Sacramento Bee:
Another Fentanyl-Linked Death, Two More Overdoses Reported In Sacramento Region
Just days after hinting that fentanyl overdoses in the Sacramento region were tapering, the county’s health department announced Wednesday one more death and two more overdoses likely caused by the potent synthetic opioid. (Caiola, 4/13)
Elsewhere, experts say that the "pill for every pain" culture has played a key role in the opioid epidemic sweeping the country —
The Fed's New 'War On Drugs': Obama Proposes $1.1 Billion To Expand Care For Opioid Addicts
Amid a prescription opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic largely fueled by overprescribing among doctors, President Obama has suggested allocating $1.1 billion to expand affected individuals’ access to care— a proposal that has garnered bipartisan support. Although some experts question whether throwing money at the issue will be enough, many believe that, if used properly, the funding has the potential to save lives. (Carstensen, 4/14)