Long Beach police and fire departments 'de-escalating' calls with controversial sedative

The departments announced they are now using a powerful sedative to calm subjects down during potentially violent encounters.
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Long Beach police and fire departments have teamed up to use a controversial approach to “de-escalating” some of the potentially violent encounters they may have.

The departments announced they are now using midazolam - a powerful sedative - to calm down combative people.

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Over the last four months, paramedics in the city have used the city on more than three dozen people, according to the Long Beach Post.

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