U.S.|San Diego Sheriff Releases New Details About Video of Deputy’s Collapse
A laboratory investigation revealed fentanyl successful a substance handled by a sheriff’s lawman who aboriginal collapsed, but aesculapian experts cautioned that simply handling the cause is insufficient to trigger an overdose.
Aug. 10, 2021, 7:31 p.m. ET
Facing skepticism astir assemblage camera footage showing a trainee’s illness portion investigating a substance helium believed to beryllium fentanyl, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department connected Monday released respective reports related to the incident, including the results of a laboratory investigation that recovered that the substances figuring successful the melodramatic video included fentanyl and methamphetamine.
The footage, which shows Deputy David Faiivae collapsing successful a parking batch connected July 3 soon aft handling a achromatic powder, had been met with scrutiny from aesculapian and addiction experts who said it was impossible to overdose connected fentanyl simply by handling the drug.
In an edited video that the section released past week to show the dangers of fentanyl, Deputy Faiivae’s tract grooming officer, Cpl. Scott Crane, recounted that Deputy Faiivae “was OD’ing the full mode to the hospital.”
Fentanyl is simply a almighty synthetic cause that is wide trafficked successful illicit markets. Its potency tin vary, particularly erstwhile mixed with different substances, making it casual to overdose with precise tiny quantities.
But adjacent though the recently released documents amusement that the substances Deputy Faiivae handled aboriginal tested affirmative for fentanyl, fluorofentanyl and methamphetamine, they bash not accidental whether Deputy Faiivae was recovered to person overdosed. An incidental study lists “possible interior injury,” “other large injury” and “unconsciousness” arsenic the deputy’s injuries.
Dr. Scott Krakower, a psychiatrist astatine Zucker Hillside Hospital successful Queens, said successful an interrogation past week that it does not instrumentality a batch of fentanyl to bash harm. Not knowing fentanyl’s potency could rapidly pb to overdose symptoms if idiosyncratic were to inadvertently sniff it.
“The lone mode to overdose is from injecting, snorting oregon immoderate different mode of ingesting it,” Dr. Ryan Marino, aesculapian manager of toxicology and addiction medicine astatine University Hospitals successful Cleveland, said aft the video was initially released. “You cannot overdose from secondhand contact.”
Although the reports bash not intelligibly authorities however Deputy Faiivae whitethorn person gotten fentanyl successful his system, they contiguous a representation of the events that whitethorn person led to inadvertent ingestion of a drug.
Accounts from some Deputy Faiivae and Corporal Crane accidental that aft responding to a study of trespassing astatine a mortuary successful San Marcos, Calif., Deputy Faiivae tested 3 bags recovered successful a suspect’s car utilizing a portable narcotics analyzer successful the backmost of the patrol vehicle.
According to a follow-up report, the archetypal 2 bags tested presumptive affirmative for fentanyl and the smaller 3rd container tested presumptive affirmative for methamphetamine.
In his statement, Deputy Faiivae said the 3rd container was partially opened, and that immoderate particles of the substance had spilled onto the aboveground successful the precocious platform of the car. He past “swept the particles backmost into the bindle and placed each of the bags into an grounds bag.”
When the results came backmost affirmative for fentanyl, Corporal Crane told Deputy Faiivae that they needed to double-bag the items “for safety.” Deputy Faiivae past reached down to retrieve a 2nd container from his grounds kit, and erstwhile helium did, placed his look “approximately six inches from wherever helium had been investigating the substances,” according to his statement. Corporal Crane told him not to get truthful close, and erstwhile helium stood up “he began to consciousness lightheaded and fell down.”
After Deputy Faiivae fell back, helium was administered 4 doses of Narcan, a nasal spray containing naloxone, a cause utilized to combat the effects of an opioid overdose. Deputy Faiivae showed nary absorption to the Narcan and was taken to a infirmary by exigency aesculapian workers and aboriginal recovered.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, naloxone tin rapidly reconstruct mean breathing to a idiosyncratic if their breathing has slowed oregon stopped due to the fact that of an opioid overdose. Naloxone has nary effect connected idiosyncratic who does not person opioids successful their system.
Neither Corporal Crane nor Deputy Faiivae was disposable for comment.