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Milwaukee County reports surge in fentanyl-related deaths

Milwaukee County has started the new year with a surge in deaths linked to the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office said Friday it is investigating 19 fatalities tied to the drug since late last year.

By comparison, the office investigated 28 fentanyl deaths in 2015 and 16 in all of 2014.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel eports the recent deaths have not been confirmed by toxicology reports, but indications are that fentanyl likely was involved.

Fentanyl is used to put patients under for surgery and to alleviate severe pain. The medical examiner’s office says none of the 19 deaths appear to be related to the misuse of a fentanyl patch but stem from the illicit use of controlled substances and multiple-drug abuse.

Search continues for Zombicon shooter in Florida

Police were searching Monday for a man who opened fire at a Florida weekend event celebrating zombie pop culture, killing one person, injuring six others and sending thousands of attendees scrambling for cover, according to a police spokesman.

“We’ve gotten numerous tips,” Fort Myers police chief, Dennis Eads told a press conference. “We have several leads that we are following right now … I’m very confident we’ll find out who did this.”

The suspect was described by police as a male in his late teens or early20s, dressed in a black T-shirt and a flat-billed black and red baseball cap, police said.

The suspect was seen firing a black semi-automatic handgun before fleeing the scene, police said.

Revelers were out late Saturday evening for the annual Zombicon community fundraising event when gun shots rang out as costumed festivity goers ran through the streets of downtown Fort Myers, creating confusion over who was hurt due to zombie props, fake blood and wounds.

Fort Myers Police Department identified the dead victim as Expavious Tyrell Taylor, 20, of Okeechobee, Florida. Taylor was described by friends in local media as an avid football player who was a student in the Miami area.

All six wounded persons suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Lieutenant Victor Medico with Fort Myers police.

Pollution = death

Pollution is the largest factor in disease and death in the developing world, killing more than 8.4 million people each year, according to the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution.

The new analysis, based on new data from the World Health Organization, indicates that 7.4 million deaths in a single year were due to pollution sources from air, water, sanitation and hygiene.

GAHP says pollution causes nearly three times more deaths a year than malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined.

Analysis by GAHP attributes an additional 1 million deaths to toxic chemical and industrial wastes from large and small producers in formal and informal sectors of economies in poor countries.

“There is a reason why pollution is sometimes called the invisible killer,” Richard Fuller, president of Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute, said in response to the study.

Global disasters killed more, cost less in 2013

The German insurance company Munich Re says some 20,000 people died in natural disasters last year, about twice as many as in 2012.

Most of the deaths resulted from Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines, Vietnam and China in November with a loss of almost 6,100 lives. This was followed by floods in India that killed about 5,500 people in June.

Munich Re’s annual disasters report released Tuesday found that the economic cost of natural catastrophes was lower last year.

Some 880 events cost about $125 billion, with insured losses of $31 billion. This compares with costs of $173 billion and insured losses of $65 billion in 2012.

The costliest natural disasters were summer hailstorms in Germany, floods in Central Europe, and storms and tornadoes in the United States.

Gun deaths outpace vehicle deaths in 12 states and D.C.

Gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 12 states and the District of Columbia in 2010, according to a report from the Violence Policy Center.

Nationally, the VPC said there were 31,672 firearm deaths and 35,498 motor vehicle deaths in 2010, the most recent year the data is available.

The VPC notes that more than 90 percent of American households own a car while a little more than a third of American households contain a gun.

In 2010, gun deaths – including gun suicides, homicides, and fatal unintentional shootings – outpaced motor vehicle deaths in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

The data was collected from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

VPC said motor vehicle deaths are on the decline as the result of a decades-long, public health-based injury prevention strategy that includes safety-related changes to vehicles and highway design. But firearms are the only consumer product not regulated by the federal government for health and safety.

“Proven injury prevention strategies have been very effective in reducing deaths on our highways,” said VPC legislative director Kristen Rand. “The time is long overdue to apply an equally comprehensive strategy to reduce gun deaths in America.”

The 2010 stats:

Alaska: 144 gun deaths, 71 motor vehicle deaths.

Arizona: 931 gun deaths, 795 motor vehicle deaths.

Colorado: 555 gun deaths, 487 motor vehicle deaths.

District of Columbia: 99 gun deaths, 38 motor vehicle deaths.

Illinois: 1,064 gun deaths, 1,042 motor vehicle deaths.

Louisiana: 864 gun deaths, 722 motor vehicle deaths.

Maryland: 538 gun deaths, 514 motor vehicle deaths.

Michigan: 1,076 gun deaths, 1,063 motor vehicle deaths.

Nevada: 395 gun deaths, 289 motor vehicle deaths.

Oregon: 458 gun deaths, 324 motor vehicle deaths.

Utah: 314 gun deaths, 274 motor vehicle deaths.

Virginia: 875 gun deaths, 728 motor vehicle deaths.

Washington: 609 gun deaths, 554 motor vehicle deaths.

The VPC recommended, to reduce the number of gun deaths:

• Detailed and timely collection on gun production, sales, and use in crime.

• Minimum safety standards for firearms.

• Prohibit certain types of guns that have no sporting purpose.

• Limit the firepower of firearms available to the general public.

• Prohibit possession of firearms among those known to present a higher risk of misuse, such as those convicted of a violent misdemeanor.

The report did not contain statistics for Wisconsin.