Fentanyl-related deaths rising at alarming rate

From Becker’s:

The synthetic opioid fentanyl, which is about 50 times more potent than morphine, is contributing to drug overdose deaths in America at an alarming rate, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary.

According to the DEA report, law enforcement agencies approximately 167 kilograms of illicit fentanyl across the United States in 2015, representing an all-time high. Deaths from synthetic opioids like fentanyl increased by 79 percent from 2013 to 2014, jumping from 3,097 deaths to 5,544.

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