Fentanyl Crack Overdoses 3

Viner said the department’s harm reduction coordinator was doing street outreach in West Philadelphia on Wednesday to encourage crack-cocaine users to take precautions against an overdose, such as not using alone; taking a small “test dose” first; and having naloxone on hand. She said the department was distributing the opioid overdose-reversal medication to those drug users, as well as testing strips they can use to see if their drugs are tainted with fentanyl.

https://whyy.org/articles/health-officials-warn-of-fentanyl-contamination-after-ods-kill-2-crack-cocaine-users/

By Joel Wolfram

Fentanyl Crack Overdoses 2

Health Department officials advised healthcare providers to remain vigilant for signs of opioid overdose “even if the drug consumed is reported to be a non-opioid.” Officials are also encouraging clinical toxicology testing to test reported cocaine users for fentanyl as well. So far, clinical toxicology tests for two patients confirmed that fentanyl was the only substance detected, health department officials said, while further tests are pending.

http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news/what-we-know-about-the-crack-fentanyl-outbreak-in-philly/article_f3dbf71c-7ad5-11e8-b6c0-3373982f1dda.html

By Max Marin and Christopher Moraff

Fentanyl Crack Overdoses

“Everyone sort of knows, if they read the paper and follow the news, that fentanyl is in all of the heroin now,” said Caroline Johnson, the city’s deputy health commissioner. “Some of the cautions that people are told when they’re using heroin is to take it very slowly, to do a test dose, have naloxone present in case of an overdose. We don’t say those things to cocaine users or crack users.

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/addiction/fentanyl-crack-cocaine-overdoses-west-philadelphia-20180626.html

By Aubrey Whelan

Opioid Overdose Crisis Not Just in Kensington

Neighborhoods across the city saw alarming spikes in fatal overdoses, according to data from the Medical Examiner’s Office that show that while the epidemic may be less visible in places like South and West Philadelphia, scores of people there are dying.

www.philly.com/philly/health/addiction/the-opioid-overdose-crisis-is-hitting-all-of-philadelphia-new-data-show-20180620.html

By Aubrey Whelan