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A deadly drug epidemic sweeping the US has caused ER visits for overdoses to jump 30%

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.

Tom Petty died from an accidental drug overdose involving painkiller Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a notoriously dangerous painkiller.
Opioid death rates in four 4th district states has risen well above the average in the rest of the US

Deaths from opioid overdoses are especially prevalent in 4 US states

The opioid crisis has reached national proportions, but the rates of overdose deaths in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania are especially high.

Fake drugs laced with a legal drug 50 times stronger than heroin are showing up in the UK

In recent months while screening samples of street heroin, British police discovered a drug whose appearance they had been dreading — fentanyl.

Way more Americans are dying from drug overdoses than we thought

Two new studies suggest states have been severely undercounting the number of deaths from drug overdoses.

Drug deaths in America are rising faster than ever before, and show no signs of slowing down

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and a recent New York Times investigation reveal a striking pattern of overdose deaths in the US.

The killer drug at the heart of the opioid crisis is being cut into cocaine and killing users

Cocaine users are now dying of fentanyl overdoses, according to the New York City Department of Health.

How 5 sentences in a leading medical journal shaped the opioid crisis

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.

A legal drug 50 times as strong as heroin is contaminating street drugs more than ever

Approximately 80% of heroin used at Insite in Vancouver from July 2016 to March 2017 had been contaminated with fentanyl.

What a legal drug that kills more Americans than heroin does to your mind and body

Since they slow breathing and act on the same brain systems as heroin, opioids carry serious risks, from overdose to, in rarer cases, addiction.