New Drugs Killing San Diegans

The article provides a great example of the benefits reaped by and importance of having a truly professional and cutting-edge Medical Examiner toxicology laboratory.  The detection of new synthetic drug compounds during death investigations is crucial and Dr. McIntyre and his folks work tirelessly to detect and identify these compounds.

February 13, 2015 | San Diego County News Center News Release

Last November, a 24-year-old San Diego County man bought and injected what he thought was heroin. Instead, it was a synthetic drug 10 times more powerful, and he died from the accidental overdose.  The drug turned out to be acetylfentanyl, and it was the first time the County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the substance as the cause of a fatal overdose in San Diego.

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