District Attorney

Dave Stevenson

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District Attorney Vern Pierson issues a Public Safety Alert on the subject of Norco laced with fentanyl.

A eighth person has died as a result of ingesting Norco pills laced with fentanyl, which is odorless and estimated to be 80 times as potent as morphine and hundreds of times more potent than heroin.   One of the latest confirmed victims in the fentanyl related deaths is an 18 year old El Dorado Hills resident.  This brings the total count of overdoses in the Sacramento region to 36, including 8 deaths. One death has been reported in Yolo County.

The Sacramento County Division of Public Health began receiving reports last week from local hospitals that the Norco tablets may be contaminated.

It is not uncommon for street drugs and prescription medications found in El Dorado County to have come from Sacramento.  The DEA has said that the fentanyl is coming from China, via the Mexican drug trafficking cartels.  Vern Pierson commented, "Prescription drug abuse is already on the rise across our County and in our schools.  This new threat is another example of the dangers associated with illegal drug use."

As you can see from the articles referenced below, the numbers are rapidly changing.