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Fentanyl-related deaths up sharply in county this year

County advises public to avoid pills not obtained directly from a pharmacy

Reported fentanyl-related deaths in Santa Clara County nearly tripled from January to May 8 compared to the same period in 2019, the county Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office said Wednesday.

Fentanyl-laced pills tend to be blue, circular tablets with an embossed "M" on one side and "30" on the other. Photo courtesy Santa Clara County.

The office reported 19 fentanyl deaths from Jan. 1 to May 8 of this year. Only seven fentanyl-related deaths were reported during that same time span last year. The county reported 29 total fentanyl deaths in 2019.

Many of the deaths reported this year have been caused by fake pills containing the synthetic opioid, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. All reported deaths ranged from people 16 to 56 years old, with 10 of the 19 ranging from 16 to 25 years old.

Residents are advised to avoid all pills that are not obtained directly from a pharmacy. In particular, fentanyl-laced pills tend to be blue, circular tablets with an embossed "M" on one side and "30" on the other.

People struggling with stress and substance use can contact the county's Behavioral Health Services Department at 800-488-9919 for help. The department's substance abuse call center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while its mental health services call center is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week at 800-704-0900.

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Fentanyl-related deaths up sharply in county this year

County advises public to avoid pills not obtained directly from a pharmacy

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Thu, May 21, 2020, 3:22 pm

Reported fentanyl-related deaths in Santa Clara County nearly tripled from January to May 8 compared to the same period in 2019, the county Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office said Wednesday.

The office reported 19 fentanyl deaths from Jan. 1 to May 8 of this year. Only seven fentanyl-related deaths were reported during that same time span last year. The county reported 29 total fentanyl deaths in 2019.

Many of the deaths reported this year have been caused by fake pills containing the synthetic opioid, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. All reported deaths ranged from people 16 to 56 years old, with 10 of the 19 ranging from 16 to 25 years old.

Residents are advised to avoid all pills that are not obtained directly from a pharmacy. In particular, fentanyl-laced pills tend to be blue, circular tablets with an embossed "M" on one side and "30" on the other.

People struggling with stress and substance use can contact the county's Behavioral Health Services Department at 800-488-9919 for help. The department's substance abuse call center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while its mental health services call center is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week at 800-704-0900.

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Carmen
Cuesta Park
on May 22, 2020 at 4:09 pm
Carmen , Cuesta Park
on May 22, 2020 at 4:09 pm
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Duh! Let us send people back to work, it would take care of the Economy and of unnecessary deaths. Who is in charge?


do not drink bleach
Blossom Valley
on May 22, 2020 at 4:55 pm
do not drink bleach, Blossom Valley
on May 22, 2020 at 4:55 pm
8 people like this

> and of unnecessary deaths.

100,000 dead Americans, and you use 20 tragedies over 4 months as swill to whine about Public Health Measures that have saved THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of lives.

You must be loads of fun at parties.


> Who is in charge?

Don Trump is our impeached POTUS, for a little longer, at least, unless his off-label malaria drug use harms him. Or the internal disinfectant. Or the hamberders. Web Link

He announced a set of guidelines months ago for reopening. Have you read them?


do not drink bleach
Blossom Valley
on May 22, 2020 at 5:04 pm
do not drink bleach, Blossom Valley
on May 22, 2020 at 5:04 pm
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> Who is in charge?

Don Trump announced these guidelines a month ago, when his failed pandemic response had allowed 30,000 deaths.

Yes, 70,000 dead Americans ago.

Please read that slowly before proceeding.

White House Guidelines:
Web Link
Web Link

And from the Home of the Hamberdler:
Web Link

Happy to help.




Stable Genius
Sylvan Park
on May 22, 2020 at 5:24 pm
Stable Genius, Sylvan Park
on May 22, 2020 at 5:24 pm
6 people like this

Go online for some entertainment. Watch the May 15 special meeting of the City Council of Atwater CA (pop. 30,000) near Merced along Highway 99. The proposal was to declare Atwater a "sanctuary city" for businesses (to be open). The meeting begins with the pledge of allegiance and is followed by an INVOCATION by a local pastor who proclaims the God considers all businesses essential. Take a look. Only an hour.


Dude Really
Jackson Park
on May 23, 2020 at 11:24 am
Dude Really , Jackson Park
on May 23, 2020 at 11:24 am
2 people like this

It's easy to point fingers but if you look at the bigger picture from the 2018 - CDC: 80,000 people died of flu last winter in U.S., highest death toll in 40 years. So looking at the current event and you list 70,000 why then did we not shelter in place then? This is an exercise in fear management. This fentanyl local story is in the news because it is a local story. It has no cross over to the pandemic. I am just hoping none of these deaths were counted in error as COVID-19 related. Lets remember - Only 2563 cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County of a population 1,927,852 (2019). Read it again - 2563. Read it again - 2563 of a population of over 1.9 Million. Even if you double this number still under 1%. Do you see hysteria yet?


do not drink bleach
Blossom Valley
on May 23, 2020 at 1:17 pm
do not drink bleach, Blossom Valley
on May 23, 2020 at 1:17 pm
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> the 2018 - CDC: 80,000 people died of flu last winter in U.S.

WRONG. Visit the CDC website if you're going to just copy some random, fringe number and claim it's theirs. Web Link

Your argument sure goes straight down in flames when you lie like that, in your very first sentence.

Do better next time.



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Per the CDC: Last year - 34,157 flu deaths. 2016: 23k 2017: 38k 2018: 60k

"do not drink bleach." Don't drink the fringe's koolaid, either.


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