This is what I was thinking when Curt said Fentanyl use is "optional." It's kind of old, but it wasn't shared earlier, so I decided to.
Officer on a routine traffic stop (Okay, there is no such thing as a Police Officer, but here goes).
The number of deaths due to drug overuse has increased rapidly in the last few years. The American teenage population is at the most risk. According to a report, deaths due to opioid overdose have increased by 94% between the age group of 14 to 18 years.
According to the DEA, these drugs are mass-produced at hideaway factories in Mexico. These factories come under Sinaloa and Jalisco drug cartels.
Due to Fentanyl, over 100,000 Americans have lost their lives in the past 2 years.
In the last one year, the drug agency has also sized up 131,000 ln of methamphetamine, Cocaine worth 444,000lb, and more than 4300 lb of heroin.
This is a danger in every jurisdiction. Other than losing more people than we did in VietNam, this is a major reason to secure the border and stop this. I can't for the life of me figure out why curt doesn't think this is an issue.
"On December 13, around midnight, Officer Bannick conducted a traffic stop and found various narcotics and paraphernalia, inside the vehicle and on the vehicle’s occupants.
She followed the proper protocols: protecting herself against exposure by wearing gloves and utilizing personal protective equipment, the police department stated. Yet narcotic exposure was facilitated by high winds.
Before the occupants were transported to Lake County Jail, officer Bannick keyed up on her radio, and Corporal O’Shea, with the department, recognized that her voice sounded different. She was breathless and choking.
When Corporal O’Shea went to Officer Bannick’s vehicle to check on her, he found her slipping in and out of consciousness. It was clear she needed immediate medical assistance, so he and two other officers, Sergeant Mahaney and Lieutenant Brown, took action.
Dramatic body camera footage at the scene shows Bannick lying on the sidewalk with the officers retrieving NARCAN from a police cruiser, administering the drug, and rendering first aid.
They gave Officer Bannick three doses of NARCAN as she phased in and out of consciousness, becoming “unresponsive and lifeless” multiple times as they awaited EMS.
NARCAN is an overdose reversal drug that law enforcement agents keep on hand and apply in case of coming in contact with powerful narcotics like fentanyl."