March 25, 2019

Review Category : PNN Daily News

Friday, March 22, 2019

** BC paramedics in Kelowna hopping to attend overdose calls


** BC paramedics in Kelowna are apparently being kept hopping attending to overdose calls. That is the word from the Penticton Western News (March 22) which said so far this year, practitioners have done 167 such help hails. In January alone, the figure was 78, up some 24 from the previous year’s 54. February also saw 68 calls which was only up five from 2018. Expected overdose calls for March could reach upwards of 63. No reason was given for the spikes, however, the apparent increase in the use of narcotics is also spilling over into the area of organ donation. According to the newspaper, 2018 donors testing positive for fentanyl rose 26 per cent over stats from the previous 12 months.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

** Illegal U-turn may have sparked accident that killed off-duty California paramedic


** A car driver making an illegal U-turn has been determined to be the cause of a Monday crash that killed an off-duty Palm Springs, California paramedic. KESQ (March 20) said that is the determination of the preliminary police investigation which said the action resulted in the Honda driver hitting a motorcycle driven by American Medical Response medic Edward Lustro, 34 around 8:30 a.m. Lustro died at the scene. The unidentified 54-year-old car driver, meanwhile, could face charges in relation to the accident. Police said he is cooperating with the investigation and did not appear to be high or alcohol or drugs at the time. Lustro leaves a wife behind. Funeral services are pending.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

** More wreckage found from missing Alaska air ambulance


** Searchers in Alaska, looking for a missing air ambulance that disappeared January 29th, say they have now found some of the fuselage, tail assembly, and propeller blades of the King Air 200. WRAL (March 19) quoted Guardian Flight spokesman Jim Gregory as saying the debris was located Tuesday during an underwater search. The pieces are in addition to previously located items such as the black box, engine, and landing gear. According to the news station, Gregory said approximately 90 per cent of the plane has now been found near Frederick Sound. Recovery of some of the pieces will begin soon, with the debris given to the National Transportation Safety Board. The bodies of the crew, however, have not been located.

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