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By Jeff Pack
Staff Writer 

Fentanyl epidemic: Riverside county using partnerships, prevention to attack overdoses


Last updated 4/2/2020 at 3:48pm

Valley News Graphic/Shane Gibson photo

These statistics, provided by the Riverside Overdose Data to Action team at the Riverside University Health System – Public Health, shows the manner in which overdoses involving fentanyl have skyrocketed over the past three years in Riverside County.

According to 2019 data provided by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office and a report from the county, "unintentional fentanyl overdose deaths in the San Diego region increased by 68% when comparing this year's midyear data with the same period for 2018. ... from January through June this year, there were 69 fentanyl deaths compared to 41 in the first six months of last year."

"In the last decade when someone overdosed on fentanyl, it was often when someone was prescribed it, and perhaps put on too many fentanyl patches or altered the patches," Dr. Steven Campman, chief deputy medi...

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