District Attorney Hestrin: Fentanyl poisoning on the rise | New
BY DAVID JAMES HEISS
Riverside County Attorney Mike Hestrin is passionate about discussing the severity of the growing threat from fentanyl, a deadly drug, a synthetic opioid that has proliferated in the illegal drug trade.
Hestrin addressed the Rotary Club of San Gorgonio Pass during their breakfast on October 7, held at the Johnny Russo Italian restaurant, and painted a heartbreaking picture of the impact fentanyl has had on the country.
Only two milligrams of fentanyl is lethal, and many people buying discounted brand name counterfeit pharmaceutical pills on the street don’t realize that many of these products are unregulated and often contain fentanyl in varying doses. because the drug is cheap to use. and manufacturing.
Actual medical uses are prescribed in micrograms.
But drug dealers can make tubs and jars of pills that look like a real Percocet (for pain relief) or valium (for anxiety and for treating seizures) that contain fentanyl that can be given to someone. one by a friend, or purchased online from an unreliable source.
Hestrin compared making illegal drugs to making chocolate chip cookies: There is no way to determine how many chips will be in each cookie – not less than the amount of fentanyl that will hit each pill when it is. molded and stamped from a mixture of baking powder and other substances.
Twenty-five percent of these drugs ended up being fatal.
Saying “these are just addicts, it’s way too easy to escape,” Hestrin said, as many people who overdose on fentanyl didn’t know they were using it. “It’s a growing scourge, and you have to be aware of it.”
Unlike heroin or other hard drugs which users must continue to take more and more as their body builds up tolerance in order to get high, if someone takes a pill containing fentanyl made in the room someone’s bath and is killed by consuming it, it’s not an overdose, it’s poisoning, Hestrin said.
âDrug traffickers are no longer around the corner,â Hestrin said. âThey are on social networks.
A message from a drug dealer claiming to sell sports memorabilia, for example, claiming âI’m selling a Marlins jersey. There will be a jersey with a capital M, and the number on that jersey is 30, so M-30, so this is a signal that people are not selling sports memorabilia, but counterfeit Percocet “containing fentanyl,” Hestrin explained.
âThe reason I spoke about this is because the country is not paying attention. We don’t get the real story. It’s happening right under our noses, and I’m trying to make people understand what’s going on around us. I don’t want to have these conversations with parents saying, âI lost my son or my daughter. It is heartbreaking. By the time they come to see me, it’s too late.
In 2016, two fentanyl poisonings were recorded in the county. The death rate has doubled every year: in 2017 there were 25, a year later there were 55.
There were 227 last year, and is expected to reach 600 this year, according to Hestrin. âPeople are dying. It’s not acceptable.
Hestrin described the scenario of a young man at a party who explained to a friend that he was having trouble sleeping. His friend gave him a Percocet he got from someone else, recommending that he simply cut it in half and take it to help him sleep, not knowing it was mixed with fentanyl.
The young man did as recommended and never woke up as it was one of the 25 percent of the pills that were laced.
Hestrin is proud to say Riverside County has taken the initiative to charge those who sell fentanyl with murder.
A dealer knows the dangers of fentanyl knowing that some of his customers will die, Hestrin said.
The video taken by Jorge Vewter can be viewed online at https://vimeo.com/625808255?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=29220.
Editor David James Heiss is involved with Rotary International.
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