San Francisco Health Department Issues Advisory on Fentanyl-Containing "Xanax" Pill
On October 22, the San Francisco Department of Health issued a Health Advisory, "Severe Opioid Overdoses in San Francisco Caused by Fentanyl-Containing 'Xanax' Pill." According to the Advisory, "From October 15 to 17, 2015, three individuals between the ages 20-40 years were seen at the San Francisco General Hospital after ingesting a pill inscribed and sold as “XANAX” purchased off the street. All three patients suffered complications of opioid overdose, including peripheral neuropathy, rhabdomyolysis, and pulmonary edema, with one requiring intubation and intensive care. A fourth individual was found deceased with the same pill on his person; there may be additional deaths. Analysis of pills demonstrated fentanyl; one also had etizolam. The source of the pills is unknown."