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Why fentanyl keeps coming up during the trial

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

Compression ratio: 21.8%. 1 min read.

Forensic expert witnesses have testified about fentanyl, which has come up several times during the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin.

Today, Dr. Martin Tobin, a renowned pulmonary critical care doctor, testified that fentanyl did not play a role in Floyd's death.

People who overdose on fentanyl generally have a respiratory rate of about 10, so Tobin concluded that fentanyl was not affecting Floyd's breathing.

Any pre-existing health conditions George Floyd suffered from prior to the incident in May 2020 did not cause his death, Dr. Martin Tobin, a physician in pulmonary and critical care medicine, testified today during the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin.

Tobin, a pulmonary expert, testified earlier that the lack of enough oxygen caused damage to George Floyd’s brain and ultimately made his heart stop.

What happened earlier: Tobin said George Floyd died as a result of a "low level of oxygen" caused by shallow breathing that was the result of the three officers restraining him.

Pulmonary expert Dr. Martin Tobin testified that fentanyl did not have an effect in "causing depression of the respiratory centers" in George Floyd.

Tobin said that with fentanyl, Floyd's respiratory rate should have been 10, instead the rate was at 22, which is normal.

Tobin testified that Floyd's respiratory rate was 22 just before he lost consciousness.

Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonary expert, testified that George Floyd's final moments of his life can be seen in the bystander video of the May 25, 2020 incident.

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