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Fentanyl in more than half of opioid deaths in 10 states

October 29, 2017

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— A federal report says the powerful painkiller fentanyl was involved in more than half of the recent opioid overdose deaths in 10 states.

The report released Friday is the latest to show how fentanyl is helping to make the nation's current drug epidemic the deadliest in U.S. history.

Most of the 64,000 U.S. drug overdose deaths last year involved opioids, which include heroin and painkillers such as Vicodin and Percocet. About 56 percent of opioid deaths in the 10 states studied involved fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a far more potent opioid than heroin. It was developed to treat intense pain like that in people suffering through the final stages of cancer, but it is being increasingly sold illicitly and mixed with heroin by dealers because it is cheaper.

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Calvin Anders 1 month, 2 weeks ago

The media continues to talk around the issue. Big pharma is generating the market and profiting from addicting people to opioids. There are other factors, but no one seems to want to talk about how drug companies are influencing law makers and doctors in order to cultivate a market for opioids by creating a huge pool of addicts. Doctors have yet to change behaviours and big pharma continues to keep politicians and regulators from pointing the finger where they should. We need to stop trusting that drug companies have consumers interests at heart. Drug companies only goals involve maximizing profits. If they can increase demand by encouraging opportunities to get people hooked on highly addictive substances, they will. They don't care if some people are killed in the process.

Michael Kort 1 month, 2 weeks ago

And the congressman who pushed thru legislation to defang the DEA from controlling opiate sales and distribution , which created addiction's mayhem and opiate deaths here in the US, almost made it in as Trump's Drug Czar, before he was ratted out by the SO CALLED EVIL MEDIA..... The Fake News Makers ......who are ruining everything ( that Big Pharma wants to go on $ buying in Swampington, D.C........A.K.A. .... D.C, = District of Collusion .

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