Update on opioid related overdoses Q and A as for April 4 2016


Department of Health and Human Services
Sherri Heller

4/4/2016 10:00 PM

Media Contact:

Laura McCasland    mccaslandla@saccounty.net    (916) 875-2008


 Contact: Laura McCasland
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Below is the latest information available regarding the opioid-related overdoses that were reported in the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services news releases dated March 25th, March 29th and April 1st.

Question:  What is the current number of overdoses that have been reported to Public Health?
Answer: As of this morning, 42 opioid-related overdoses have been reported.

Question:  How many deaths are suspected of being caused by this street drug?
Answer:  As of this morning, of the 42 overdoses, ten deaths suspected to be related have been reported.  There have been 9 deaths in Sacramento County and one death in Yolo County. 

Question:  What can people do to stop these overdoses?
Answer:  Public Health advises residents to decline from taking prescription-type pills that are not prescribed by and obtained from one's own physician and/or pharmacy. 

This will be posted on our Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services News Release page at:  http://www.dhhs.saccounty.net/Pages/News-Releases.aspx