Toxicology Findings For George Floyd
Recent lawsuit prompts revaluation of martyr's death in 2020.
Tucker Carlson just published a new episode of his show in which he reviews the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day 2020, for which former Minneapolis PD officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and sentenced to forty years in prison. A recent lawsuit, incidental to Floyd and Chauvin, unveiled sworn deposition excerpts from a conversation with County Medical Examiner Andrew Baker, indicating that Floyd's passing was not due to asphyxiation or strangulation. Instead, factors including drug use and a fatal concentration of fentanyl were significant contributors.
I encourage our Substack readers to watch the episode for themselves and draw their own conclusions. The episode prompted me to take a look at the toxicology report in the case of George Floyd.
The Fentanyl finding of 11 ng/ML and Norfentanyl (a metabolite of Fetanyl) is especially noteworthy. The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction characterizes Fentanyl’s overdose risk as follows.
Overdose results in respiratory depression which is reversible with naloxone. Sudden death can also occur because of cardiac arrest or severe anaphylactic reaction. The estimated lethal dose of fentanyl in humans is 2 mg. The recommended serum concentration for analgesia is 1–2 ng/ml and for anaesthesia it is 10–20 ng/ml. Blood concentrations of approximately 7 ng/ml or greater have been associated with fatalities where poly-substance use was involved.
Other significant finding’s in the autopsy report.
A. Arteriosclerotic heart disease, multifocal, severe
B. Hypertensive heart disease 1. Cardiomegaly (540 g) with mild biventricular dilatation 2. Clinical history of hypertension.
III. No life-threatening injuries identified.
The decedent was known to be positive for 2019-nCoV RNA on 4/3/2020. Since PCR positivity for 2019-nCoV RNA can persist for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease, the autopsy result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent PCR positivity from previous infection.
Given the mania for attributing cause of death to COVID-19 in 2020, it’s notable that little significance was attributed to the positive PCR test in Floyd’s case.
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