Connecticut authorities are focusing enforcement attention on fentanyl, a synthetic drug that is being passed off as heroin, reports the New Haven Register. The drug is killing people in Connecticut at double the rate of last year, though still far less than that of heroin. So far this year, Fentanyl has been a contributing factor to the deaths of at least 30 people in Connecticut.
Two deaths Saturday in East Lyme prompted state police to issue a “dangerous drug alert.” There were 12 Fentanyl-related deaths last year. There have been at 189 heroin deaths in Connecticut in 2013. Ten of those heroin deaths this year happened in Torrington, a city of 36,000 people.