CDPH Drug Overdose Health Alert: Fentanyl-Contaminated Street Norco

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a Drug Overdose Health Alert  on April 8, 2016 entitled “Fentanyl-Contaminated Street Norco”. This alert describes the recent report of 48 overdoses and at least 10 deaths over a 10-day period in Sacramento County that appear to be associated with the consumption of a counterfeit version of the prescription drug Norco (acetaminophen and hydrocodone) contaminated with fentanyl. CDPH is requesting that all health care facilities report suspected and confirmed fentanyl overdoses to local health departments.

In Los Angeles County, there has been a concerning increase in reported fentanylrelated deaths. While there were on average 40 fentanyl-related deaths reported each year from 2011-2013, there were 62 reported deaths in 2014. Though 2015 data is not
yet available, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) is concerned about a further increase in deaths due to the lethality of fentanyl and reports that it is being found in street drugs and in counterfeit prescription drugs. The recent deaths in Sacramento County have further enhanced this concern. LAC DPH encourages health care facilities and providers to report all suspected and confirmed fentanyl overdoses.

Reporting Suspected or Confirmed Fentanyl Overdose Cases:

In Los Angeles County- reports should include:
– Patient name
– Date of birth
– Age
– Address of residence of patient
– Name and contact information of individual initiating report

Please send reports to:
Office of the Medical Director and Science Officer
Substance Abuse Prevention and Control
County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health
1000 S. Fremont Ave; Bldg A-9 East, 3rd Floor, Alhambra, CA 91803
Fax: 626-299-3591 Phone: 626-299-3504

In the Cities of Long Beach or Pasadena, please contact their local health departments:
• City of Long Beach Health Department: 562-570-4302
• City of Pasadena Public Health Department: 626-744-6043



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