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As cartels distribute killer drug, clinic workers aim to reduce demand in Stanislaus County

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About 90% percent of new admits at the Aegis drug treatment clinic in Modesto test positive for fentanyl, a drug that’s driving a fatal overdose crisis in the United States. That’s a dramatic shift since the COVID-19 pandemic, a clinic spokesman said.

The office on McHenry Avenue once was commonly known as “the methadone clinic,” where adults hooked on heroin or prescription painkillers received medication assistance to reduce cravings for the drugs.

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Parents, what should you know about fentanyl? Event in Turlock this week will have answers

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A presentation on fentanyl in the community will be held Thursday, Oct. 12, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Turlock Junior High School as a part of a Turlock Unified School District family information night.

The event presented by the TUSD Family Resource Center will feature Jennifer Marsh of Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and Sofia Vivo, the sister of a 14-year-old Waterford girl, Bella Vivo, who died from a counterfeit pill containing fentanyl.

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7 million pills-worth of fentanyl seized by Turlock police

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More than seven million pills-worth of fentanyl was found when Turlock police executed a search warrant leading to the arrest of 44-year-old resident Frank Romero, Thursday.

Police say they seized 24.75 pounds of the deadly drug — enough to potentially kill more than five million people — from a home in the 1000 block of West Avenue South.

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Fentanyl claimed the life of a Stanislaus County girl. Her sister keeps her memory alive

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Isabella Marie Vivo would light up every room, was funny and energetic, family members said. She was a cheerleader for youth sports, played volleyball in middle school and sang the national anthem before Waterford High basketball games.

But tragedy struck Aug. 24, 2021, when the 14-year-old gathered with friends and they experimented with drugs. She became one of the 5,722 Californians who died that year from fentanyl poisoning.

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Man arrested with fentanyl after being reported as suspicious person early Friday morning

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On Friday, April 7th, 223, at 1:30 am, the Turlock Police Department and Stanislaus State Police Department were dispatched to a reported suspicious person at Dutch Bros Coffee, 1201 W Monte Vista Ave, after two men had been seen looking into the closed business.

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Experts, families of overdose victims to talk fentanyl at free Turlock meeting this week

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A town hall meeting titled “Fentanyl in Our Community” will be held in Turlock on Thursday to provide education on the deadly drug, community resources and Narcan training, according to two of the presenting organizations: the Turlock Unified School District and Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS).

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, according to information on the TUSD website.

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Numbers reveal death toll from the fentanyl crisis is rising in Stanislaus County

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Newly released numbers show the fentanyl crisis is responsible for a sharp increase in drug overdose deaths in Stanislaus County.

County public health has counted 229 deaths involving illegal fentanyl since 2020, when drug addiction counselors noticed that fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills were harming or killing people in Modesto.

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Stanislaus County experiences spike in fentanyl-related deaths

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STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — A family and addiction doctor in Stanislaus County is warning residents about fentanyl-laced pain medication after the county has seen a spike in deaths.

The Modesto Police Department reports that since January the county has seen at least 20 deaths compared to just six last year.

“The color, the imprint, the scoring, everything’s the same,” said Dr. Vikram Khanna.

The little blue pills are made to look and feel like real oxycodone, but Khanna said what may look like pain medication may really be laced with fentanyl.

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