Fentanyl in more than half of opioid deaths in 10 states

A federal report says the powerful painkiller fentanyl was involved in more than half of the recent opioid overdose deaths in 10 states.

The report released Friday is the latest to show how is helping to make the nation's current drug epidemic the deadliest in U.S. history.

Most of the 64,000 U.S. last year involved opioids, which include and painkillers such as Vicodin and Percocet. About 56 percent of opioid deaths in the 10 states studied involved fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a far more potent opioid than heroin. It was developed to treat intense pain like that in people suffering through the final stages of cancer, but it is being increasingly sold illicitly and mixed with heroin by dealers because it is cheaper.


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Oct 27, 2017
The current Scientific American has a nice piece on why Europe has significantly different results for the same problems. Essentially, being able to take what you bought to have it tested, without fear of arrest with potential incarceration. The article has other points worth stopping by the library to read.

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