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Bart Simpson Does Heroin

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Bart Simpson is in his parent’s Subaru parked to the side of a gas station in Hartford, Ct near the highway ramps.  The car is running, in drive, his foot is on the brake.  He is slumped forward against the wheel.  This has aroused the attention of passerbys who have called 911.  An ambulance arrives […]

The Opiate Refusal

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The Opiate Refusal Called for ETOH.  On arrival found 28 year old male slumped on park bench, GCS-3, respiratory rate -4, cyanotic around lips.  Does not respond to stimulation.  Given 2 mg Narcan IN by FD just prior to our arrival, ventilated with ambu-bag using two person method.  Initial ETCO2-94.  Sinus at 88.  BP 130/70.  […]

EMS Fights Opiate Epidemic

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Fighting opiate addiction is every bit as important as fighting the other diseases we encounter — STEMI, stroke, trauma, sepsis and the like. There is a tremendous article on the  JEMS website by Dr. Alex Garza and Dr. Sophia Dyer about EMS joining the fight against the opiate epidemic in a broader way than just responding […]

Murals of Hartford

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I have been writing much lately about sorrow and despair in Hartford, so I thought I would take a break, and lifting my eyes up from the heroin bags on the ground, look at some of the beauty of Hartford as seen on the city’s murals.

Election Day

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A 10-year-old girl was shot in the face in Hartford yesterday. She wasn’t walking down the street or riding a school bus, she was in her own home when the bullets raked through the front door. She doesn’t live on a busy street like Park Street or Albany Avenue where criminal activity can be going […]

Bad Batch?

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Hartford Cops: Rash of Heroin Overdoses Part of Upward Trend  After a lull of a few weeks, the overdoses started going out again this week.  An hour after I left work Tuesday night, there was a triple OD that is widely being reported in the news, along with two other overdoses not long after.  The […]

Atomizer Recall May Hurt Overdose Efforts

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health has alerted all EMS services in the state that there is recall on the MAD Nasal Intranasal Mucosal Atomizer Device.  The company recall notice says” Teleflex Medicine is recalling these products as they may not deliver a fully atomized plume of medication. ”  The company says they have received […]

Trick or Treat

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Some heroin dealers in Hartford have switched up their drug stamps to celebrate Halloween. Drug Users are being treated to brands such as Killer Clowns, Freddy vs. Jason and Casper (the Friendly Ghost). The question for the users on Halloween (and one every day they buy): is their special envelope a trick or treat?Are they […]

The Wolf and the Sheepdog

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In the Looney tunes cartoon, Ralf E. Wolf and Sam the Sheepdog go to work each morning, exchanging greetings while punching the clock. “Morning, Ralph,” the dog says. “Morning, Sam,” the wolf replies. Then it is down to business. The wolf spends his hours trying to steal the sheep and the sheepdog spends his hours […]

Carfentanil

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It hasn’t come to Hartford yet, but EMS in states such as Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Florida have encountered patients who have overdosed on heroin laced with Carfentanil, an opiate of the synthetic fentanyl family that is 10,000 times stronger than morphine and usually used to tranquilize elephants.  Carfentanil is basically a chemical weapon […]

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