Below is the latest information available regarding the opioid-related overdoses that were reported San Joaquin County Public Health Services (as of April 25, 2016):
Question: What is the current number of overdoses that have been reported to Public Health Services?
Answer: Since the week of March 24, the numbers of reported overdoses have steadily decreased each week. The total number from March 24 to April 25 is 57:
||Week 1 (3/24-3/30)
||Week 2 (3/31-4/7)
||Week 3 (4/8-4/17)
||Week 4 (4/18-4/25)
Question: What is the average number of opioid-related overdoses per week in past years?
Answer: 3 overdoses.
Question: How many deaths are suspected of being caused by the fentanyl street drug?
Answer: There was 1 death in Week 4 that is suspected to be due fentanyl toxicity. Two deaths from Week 1 have been confirmed as accidental overdoses due to fentanyl toxicity. There are numerous unexplained deaths that are still under investigation and awaiting toxicology results.
Question: What is the average number of deaths due to opioid overdoses per year in the past?
Answer: 46 deaths due to opioid pills per year.
Question: How can I protect myself?
Answer: It is important to not take any prescription-type pills that are not obtained from one's own doctor and/or pharmacy. There may still be counterfeit Norco pills on the street and the public should remain vigilant.