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Police dogs face new dangers from fentanyl


Many local K-9 handlers have begun updating emergency plans and carrying naloxone, the overdose reversal drug commonly known as Narcan, specifically for their dogs. August 9, 2017 WOODLAND PARK, N.J. — Every shift holds a different danger for Odin, a 6-year-old drug-sniffing German shepherd with the Bergen County Sheriff's Office. Sometimes the dan...
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Toronto Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Lead To Public Safety Alert


More than 20 reported overdoses were recorded between Thursday and Sunday in the city, and four of them were fatal. July 31, 2017 TORONTO — A rash of drug overdose deaths in Toronto was called unusual by police on the weekend and it generated the kind of publicity all too familiar to residents in Vancouver, which has been grappling with a crisis fo...
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The cop who said he Od'd by touching fentanyl is probably wrong


The CDC and NIOSH updated the  fentanyl page on their website to remove the statement "skin absorption can be deadly." It now says that "while dermal absorption of fentanyl commonly occurs through prescribed use of the drug, inhalation of powder is the most likely exposure route for illicitly manufactured fentanyl." July 14, 2017 You may have ...
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Deadly Fentanyl Disguised As Prescription Pills


An autopsy revealed the victim, not identified by authorities, overdosed on drugs including fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Enter Article DATE HERE When a Hamden man texted his dealer for four 30-milligram oxycodone in March, he may not have known what he was actually buying. It wasn't until after ...
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Johnstown Police Chief Retires


An officer was accused of breaking into an evidence locker and overdosing on drugs. December 29, 2016 Johnstown, Cambria County, Pa Longtime Johnstown Police Chief Craig Foust is retiring effective December 31. Foust has been on paid administrative leave since October after an officer was accused of breaking into an evidence locker and overdosing o...
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Police Under Investigation After Cop Overdoses On Drugs Inside Station


At a City Council meeting Wednesday, resident John DeBartola asked Mayor Frank Janakovic what he planned to do about the apparent corruption within the police department. October 14, 2016 A Pennsylvania police department has come under review after one of its officers overdosed while on duty and now the local district attorney's office is calling t...
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DA identifies officer accused of overdosing, says chief knew of evidence room problem


Callihan identified the officer who allegedly overdosed as Officer William Slisz, a multi-year Johnstown Police Department veteran and a member of the Cambria County Drug Task Force. October 8, 2016 The initial investigation into a Johnstown police officer's alleged overdose has shown that Johnstown police Chief Craig Foust knew of a potential brea...
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Chief Placed On Leave After Officer’s In-Station Overdose


A western Pennsylvania police chief has been placed on paid leave in the wake of an officer's on-duty drug overdose in the police station. October 7, 2016 JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania police chief has been placed on paid leave in the wake of an officer's on-duty drug overdose in the police station. Johnstown solicitor Carl Beard say...
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