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One Pill Can Kill: Spotlighting the tragedies of the opioid epidemic

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Fentanyl overdose deaths are up more than 400 percent in the past two years in San Diego County.

The San Diego Narcotic Task Force Field Division’s Overdose Response Team is tasked with investigating overdose deaths in San Diego County primarily related to fentanyl overdoses.

The Overdose Response Team was formed in July 2018 in response to the increase in overdose deaths plaguing San Diego County, as well as the rest of the nation.

Investigators assigned to the Overdose Response Team work with local law enforcement and the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office to treat overdose deaths as criminal acts.

The team responds to overdose scenes around the clock and aggressively pursues criminal cases in the supply chain, against traffickers of death and their sources of supply.

Once an investigation begins, the team often works non-stop, quickly moving up the distribution chain to the second or third level.

They do this while showing compassion and empathy for the deceased’s family and friends, and often receive help and cooperation from family and friends through the group’s understanding that the deceased is a victim.

The Overdose Response Team has made an immediate impact by making arrests for overdose investigations, some of which ultimately led to successful prosecutions of fentanyl sources on charges of distribution with enhancements for causing death.

A landmark case from this group involved the overdose death of an 18-year-old woman. Brandon Jacob Shepherd was sentenced to 14 years for selling fentanyl that resulted in her death.

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