Sheriff: No sample taken from San Diego deputy near fentanyl

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — No toxicology sample was taken from the San Diego deputy who the sheriff claimed had overdosed from fentanyl exposure. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore has faced sharp criticism from public health experts following his claim that Deputy David Faiivae had a near-death experience after his face came within inches of fentanyl, an opioid that is 50 times more powerful than heroin, during a vehicle search on July 3. In raw body-camera footage released Thursday night, Faiivae says he has a history of falling on his head and may have had previous concussions. Experts told The San Diego Union-Tribune that Faiivae may have had a “nocebo” — the opposite of a placebo.

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