The report says unconfirmed overdose. Given the number of overdoses every day around the country, I'm going with OD. Yes, it 'could happen to anybody' - anybody who sticks a needle filled with Heroin and cut with Fentanyl into their arm. In 2015 there were 33,000 opioid related deaths in the US. 20,000 of those were from opioid painkillers, with the other 13,000 from heroin. More recent data is still being finalized but from what I see on a daily basis those numbers are going to skyrocket. They were already quadrupled from just 10 years prior. Keep in mind those are just fatalities. Where I work there are roughly 8 overdoses that survive for every one that is fatal. That's 264,000
opioid OD's per year. Add in the anticipated increase and roughly 1000 people OD every day. If they are lucky somebody gets to them with Narcan or the cutting agent isn't Carfentanil. Opiod epidemic? You bet. There's no room in the morgue - and that's not a joke.