Street Fentanyl Tied To Many Deaths

From the Wall Street Journal Health Blog:

Illicit versions of the painkiller fentanyl were linked to more than 1,000 deaths in this country between 2005 and 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday.

The powerful painkiller, often mixed with cocaine or heroin and taken by injection, first caught the attention of the CDC in 2006, after it was connected to a wave of overdose deaths in Camden, New Jersey. Further investigation tied it to deaths in other cities, including Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and St. Louis.

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