Federal drug investigators and Chicago police will hold brainstorming sessions with police and drug experts June 14-15 on ways to curb deaths related to heroin laced with the painkiller Fentanyl, the Chicago Tribune reports. Overdose deaths linked to Fentanyl have become key issues for police in several cities, including Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia.
Investigators from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe more than 200 heroin users have been killed by Fentanyl in the last several months. The conference will include experts on pharmacology and will discuss where investigators believe the Fentanyl is coming from. Participants will compare notes and try to determine if the recent outbreaks are a growing national issue or a collection of coincidental local problems. “Maybe we’ll find that common thread,” said a Drug Enforcement Administration agent.