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The city has been on the national spotlight recently after a series of deadly fires killed 13 people, many of them people of color, and sparked a massive cleanup effort that resulted in a $15 billion cleanup effort.
But this week, after a rash of recent overdoses, local news outlets have reported on the dangers of synthetic opioid fentanyl.
The most recent report from local news outlet KDKA is a disturbing look at what you can expect when it comes to buying your next dose of opioid-related pain relief.
The KDKA article also reveals how the city is being sued by a local opioid distributor, and why it’s so important to stay vigilant when purchasing opioid-supplied products.
Read more from the KDKA piece here:Local news outlets also report that the city of Pittsburgh is being investigated for a spate of overdoses, with some reports saying more than 200 people have died from overdoses in Pittsburgh.
A local law enforcement source told KDKA that a grand jury is looking into how the overdoses occurred and whether the city can be held accountable for the overdoses.
The source said that the case could eventually go to trial.
The KDKB article includes the following excerpt:It’s not just opioid related overdoses that are worrying.
The Pittsburgh Public Health Department, a partner agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has received numerous reports of overdoses involving fentanyl-related drugs.
Last month, the agency released a report on opioid overdose deaths in Pittsburgh that shows a 40 percent increase in opioid-overdose deaths since 2018.
The KDKB report also shows that more than 3,000 opioid-involved overdose deaths occurred in the city in 2018.
A spokesperson for the Pittsburgh Public Heath Department, which is the agency that is investigating the overdoses, told KDKB that the department’s investigation into the fentanyl-overdoses is ongoing.
The spokesperson said that while the department has not received any criminal charges or charges against anyone, there is no indication that the investigation into these overdoses is at an end.
The department said it is working to bring to light any instances of inappropriate use of fentanyl-containing opioids.