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A new alert from federal health officials show overdose deaths from synthetic opioids like fentanyl continue to skyrocket at an alarming rate across the country.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data Wednesday revealing the majority of opioid-linked deaths are the result of synthetic opioids, which greatly vary in potency. Fentanyl is roughly 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, while the elephant tranquilizer carfentanil is roughly 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, reports NBC News.
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“The dramatic rise in the supply of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogs has been mirrored by an equally dramatic rise in deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, a category which includes fentanyl and fentanyl analogs,” officials said in the report, according to NBC News. “More than 55 percent of opioid overdose deaths occurring nationally in the 12 months ending November 2017 involved synthetic opioids, accounting for more than 27,000 overdose deaths. … This 12-month sum of synthetic opioid overdose deaths exceeds the total number of all opioid overdose deaths in 2013, when deaths involving synthetic opioids first began to climb.”
The health alert warns that first responders may not be aware of the amount of synthetic opioids floating...
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