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Every year, thousands of patients receive a prescription for drugs ranging from morphine to fentanyl — and every year thousands of people die from an overdose.
Fentanyl is a notoriously dangerous painkiller.
The opioid crisis has reached national proportions, but the rates of overdose deaths in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania are especially high.
In recent months while screening samples of street heroin, British police discovered a drug whose appearance they had been dreading — fentanyl.
Two new studies suggest states have been severely undercounting the number of deaths from drug overdoses.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and a recent New York Times investigation reveal a striking pattern of overdose deaths in the US.
Cocaine users are now dying of fentanyl overdoses, according to the New York City Department of Health.
A new analysis looked at how a letter to the editor of the journal in 1980 was used to downplay concerns of how addictive long-term use of the drugs could be.
Approximately 80% of heroin used at Insite in Vancouver from July 2016 to March 2017 had been contaminated with fentanyl.
Since they slow breathing and act on the same brain systems as heroin, opioids carry serious risks, from overdose to, in rarer cases, addiction.