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Fentanyl-Related Deaths Double in Six Months

Fentanyl-Related Deaths Double in Six Months A new report was released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It looks at the last half of 2016 and the first half of 2017. The report analyzed overdose deaths that tested positive for fentanyl in 10 states: Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wisconsin. From July to December 2016, the CDC found 764 fentanyl and fentanyl analog-related deaths in the 10 states. From January to June 2017, the CDC tallied 1,511 overdose deaths involving the drugs. When legitimately prescribed, fentanyl is typically dosed in the form of tablets, patches or intravenously. But illicit forms of the drug are commonly sold as a powder or pressed into pills. Sold on the black market, Fentanyl and chemically similar variations, known as analogs, can be up to 10,000 times as potent as morphine.

Source: Inform News

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