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Fentanyl Crisis

Poisoning and Overdose Awareness Walk to debut in Palm Desert Wednesday

Riverside University Health System announced today that its “One Life, One Heart” Poisoning and Overdose Awareness Walk will debut at three Riverside County locations, starting with Palm Desert on Wednesday.   “Addressing substance use and overdoses is not just an individual health issue; it’s a community health issue,” Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington said in a

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Border Patrol agents find $130K worth of Fentanyl pills at Highway 86 checkpoint

A passenger in a ride-share taxi cab was arrested after Border Patrol agents discovered approximately $130,000 worth of fentanyl pills at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint on Wednesday. According to the agency, the incident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. That’s when a ride-share taxi driver with four passengers entered the inspection area of the U.S.

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Case Against Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy accused of transporting fentanyl pills advances

A former sheriff’s correctional deputy who was allegedly caught carrying more than 100 pounds of fentanyl on Interstate 10 waived his preliminary hearing today, advancing his case on the docket without the prosecution having to present any evidence.   Jorge Alberto Oceguera Rocha, 25, of Banning, is charged with transportation of controlled substances, possession of controlled

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Rep Ruiz introduces legislation expanding access to opioid-reversal drugs in schools

Valley Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz introduced legislation that he says would save lives by expanding access to opioid-reversal drugs, including Narcan, in schools. It’s called the “Helping Educators Respond to Overdoses” or ‘HERO Act.’ Ruiz and Congressman Adam Schiff co-authored the bill, which would also provide critical training for school staff.. and educate students on

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Two SoCal men charged with using darknet to sell 124K fentanyl-laced pills and nearly 20 lbs of meth

Two Los Angeles men who allegedly supplied fentanyl-laced pills and methamphetamine for a drug trafficking organization that used the darknet and encrypted messaging to sell narcotics to people in all 50 states are facing federal charges, officials announced today.   The two-count indictment charges Omar Navia, 38, of South Los Angeles, and Adan Ruiz, 27, of

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US government says it plans to go after legal goods tied to illegal fentanyl trade in new strategy

By JULIE WATSON Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — As overdose deaths continue at a record pace, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced a new government-wide strategy Thursday involving scores of agencies that will target the precursor materials used by traffickers to make fentanyl and other synthetic drugs. Under the plan, CBP will work with

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