The California Department of Public Health has issued a drug overdose alert concerning deaths related to a fentanyl-contaminated tablet that looks remarkably similar to Norco.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a drug overdose alert concerning deaths related to a fentanyl-contaminated tablet that looks remarkably similar to Norco.
Officials in the County of Sacramento have reported 48 overdoses and 10 deaths related to this illicit street drug. Even though the tablets appear to be Norco, they actually contain an amount of fentanyl that has yet to be determined.
In addition to Sacramento County, the CDPH has received reports from other counties around the state with similar overdose and death scenarios.
In order to gather more information and help prevent further deaths from this deadly street drug, California officials have prepared the following guidelines for health care facilities to follow in order to help officials track the magnitude of this crisis.
This is an excellent opportunity for pharmacists to help educate patients about the safe storage of personal medications and the danger of taking any medication that isn’t prescribed by their physician and dispensed by their pharmacist.