At Least 80 Have Died From Heroin Laced With Deadly Fentanyl


“A very small amount can exert a very significant effect,” said Eric Strain of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Research at Johns Hopkins University. In Maryland, at least 37 people have died from the combined drugs, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In western Pennsylvania, authorities said they have caused at least 22 deaths. In Rhode Island, there have been at least 25 fentanyl-related deaths, though health officials are unsure how many also involved heroin. Vermont state police have warned that pure fentanyl is being sold as heroin. It is unclear where the fentanyl is coming from. It is typically only distributed in hospitals. It can be administered in the form of a patch, a drip or a lollipop, which patients in pain suck on.

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