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I keep hearing about this 'lethal dose of fentanyl', but this is one of those arguments that is un-bracketed, and therefore suspect.
We know from the autopsy that Floyd's lungs had edema, and were overweight because they were filled with fluid. This is a clue but not proof. We've been told that a lethal dosage of fentanyl can be as little 3 ng/ml in the blood, and that Floyd's blood had 11 ng/ml. But.....so what? This is the un-bracketed argument. A lethal dose of 3 ng/ml for who?. A 90 lb cancer patient? A linebacker? A sumo wrestler? What we need to know is, what is the known maximum survivable non-lethal dosage, and what is the probability that Floyd's levels were lethal? We are surrounded by medical experts and amazingly, none of them have an opinion except for the medical examiner who noted that if Floyd had been found at home uninjured, the conclusion would probably have been death-by-overdose.
That's not very much to be attributing nationwide rioting, looting, property destruction, and 16 well-attended COVID-proof funerals to.
Difficulty breathing is one of the symptoms of a fentanyl overdose.
Some of the unpleasant short-term fentanyl side effects include:
Confusion and disorientation
Intense flushing or hot flashes Breathing problems
One of the most dangerous long-term symptoms of fentanyl abuse is brain injury due to repeated injuries from depression of the respiratory system. These injuries can cause loss of overall brain mass, similar to what is seen in some elderly patients with dementia from accumulation of damage from many small strokes.
Symptoms of a Fentanyl Overdose
Loss of consciousness
Inability to respond to stimuli like lights and being touched
Inability to speak Slow, shallow or erratic breathing
Pale, bluish-purple or ashen skin
Erratic, slow or missing pulse
Vomiting Choking sounds or gurgling that may sound similar to snoring
We also know Floyd had Covid, he told the police that and I think it's also in the autopsy--it's pretty common knowledge that breathing problems can persist for weeks thereafter if not permanently. His complaints of breathing problems commenced well before the officers put any restraint on him.
The storekeeper called 911 not just because of the forged bill but because Floyd was behaving erratically. The media of course has consistently omitted that.
"Operator: 911 what's the address of the emergency?
Caller: This is ah 3759 Chicago Ave.
Operator: How can I help you?
Caller: Um someone comes our store and give us fake bills and we realize it before he left the store, and we ran back outside, they was sitting on their car. We tell them to give us their phone, put their (inaudible) thing back and everything and he was also drunk and everything and return to give us our cigarettes back and so he can, so he can go home but he doesn't want to do that, and he's sitting on his car cause he is awfully drunk and he's not in control of himself.
Operator: Okay, what type of vehicle does he have?
Caller: And…. um he's got a vehicle that is ah…ah he got a vehicle that is ah…one second let me see if I can see the license. The driver license is BRJ026.
Operator: Okay, what color is it?
Caller: It's a blue color. It's a blue van.
Operator: Blue van?
Caller: Yes, van.
Operator: Alright blue van, gotcha. Is it out front or is it on 38th St.?
Caller: Ah it's on 38th St.
Operator: On 38th St. So, this guy gave a counterfeit bill, has your cigarettes, and he's under the influence of something?
Caller: Something like that, yes. He is not acting right.
Operator: What's he look like, what race?
Caller: Um, he's a tall guy. He's like tall and bald, about like 6...6½, and she's not acting right so and she started to go, drive the car.
Operator: Okay so, female or a male?
Operator: Is it a girl or a boy?
Caller: (Talking to somebody else)—he's asking (inaudible) one second. Hello?
Operator: Is it a girl or a boy that did this?
Caller: It is a man.
Operator: Okay. Is he white, black, Native, Hispanic, Asian?
Caller: Something like that.
Operator: Which one? White, black, Native, Hispanic, Asian?
Caller: No, he's a black guy.
Operator: Alright (sigh).
Caller: How is your day going?
Operator: Not too bad.
Caller: Had a long day, huh?
Operator: What's your name?
Caller: My name is [redacted].
Operator: Alright [redacted], a phone number for you?
Operator: Alright, I've got help on the way. If that vehicle or that person leaves before we get there, just give us a call back, otherwise we'll have squads out there shortly, okay?
Caller: No problem.
The cop that immobilized him with a legal and approved knee hold did recognize that Mr. Floyd had overdosed on some serious drug. He called for a ambulance as soon as Floyd began flailing around and saying he couldn't breath (which was well before he immobilize him. The knee on the neck doesn't look good to the uninformed but it is an extremely effective way to immobilize a handcuffed person and doesn't strangle them). The officer actually did everything right and by the book. In retrospect what he should have done was keep him in the back seat where due to his flailing around would have succumbed to the overdose even faster but then there wouldn't be that video for everyone to misinterpret.
The short answer is that George Floyd killed himself in spite of the efforts of the police to save him.