Archived Report: September 2 - September 8, 2019
Health Topic: Opioids
Weekly Report: October 28 - November 3, 2019
Weekly Insights
Major fentanyl seizure in Ohio
Over 40 pounds of fentanyl were seized in a major drug bust in Ohio. Law enforcement officials say that it was enough of the potent opioid to kill the state’s entire population, given that it takes the fentanyl-equivalent of only four grains of salt to kill an adult. Officials are saying the quantity seized in the bust amounts to “chemical warfare.” The state of Ohio has been one of the hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, with a recorded 4,854 opioid overdose deaths in 2017 according to the Ohio Department of Health.
High on heroin and now with $11 million in the bank
Raoul Lopez allegedly was high on heroin when he was stopped in a routine traffic stop and refused to turn off his car. When an NYPD officer reached into the car to grab the keys, Lopez allegedly drove away, dragging the officer with him. In an attempt to save the officer, a separate officer shot at Lopez to stop the car. The bullet hit Lopez in the neck and caused partial paralysis. Lopez was awarded $11 million by the Bronx Supreme Court for his injuries. Online commenters call the jury’s decision shameful and disgusting given Lopez’s history of 19 previous arrests and 13 convictions. Some commenters predicted that Lopez would use the settlement to fund his drug use. The New York City Law Department predicts the case may not be over just yet, as they are reviewing the city’s legal options to determine if the officer who shot Lopez was justified under the circumstances.


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