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Despite the chokehold heroin and pain pills have had on public health for years, Bakersfield cops are dealing with far more than opioids.
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This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Kerry Klein, a participant in the USC Center for Health Journalism's 2018 Data Fellowship. Other stories in this series include: It Used To Be Kern County's Opioid Epicenter, But Oildale May Be Cleaning Up
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This story is part of a series called In Recovery, about opioid addiction and treatment in the San Joaquin Valley.

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The nation’s overdose epidemic has entered a devastating new phase. Drugs laced with fentanyl and even more poisonous synthetics have flooded the streets, as the crisis spreads well beyond the rural, largely white communities that initially drew attention. The death rate is escalating twice as fast among Black people than among white people. This webinar will give journalists deep insights, fresh story ideas and practical tips for covering an epidemic that killed more than 107,000 people in the U.S. last year. Sign-up here!

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