This is my first video. I wanted to introduce myself to you as a medical examiner / forensic pathologist. You may see my name on a death certificate, an autopsy report, or I may speak to you on the phone. But now you can actually see what I look like. I look forward to receiving feedback and comments and let me know what particular topics or concerns you have.
Currently, we are facing a crippling heroin / opioid epidemic that has taken the lives of many people and the numbers continue to rise. Fentanyl and new designer opioids are appearing in many of these deaths. These drugs are more powerful than heroin and can easily be mixed in with other drugs. Users may think they are purchasing one drug, yet receive a completely different one, with deadly consequences. Even trace amounts of these substances can lead to an overdose and death.
Additionally, many of these drugs require multiple doses of the opioid antidote Narcan.
Please warn anyone who is struggling with an opioid / opiate or heroin addiction to seek help. The stakes are so much higher. We must all remain vigilant in the fight against this deadly menace.