Street Drug Combining Fentanyl and New Synthetic Opioid Poses Danger

Street Drug Combining Fentanyl and New Synthetic Opioid Poses Danger
A street drug that combines fentanyl and a new synthetic opioid is being sold illegally as the prescription painkiller Norco, according to a new report. Researchers caution that the street version is much stronger and more hazardous than the real medication. The illegal version of Norco looks very similar to brand-name Norco, according to Dr. Patil Armenian of the University of California, San Francisco. She reported the case of a woman who took the illegal version of Norco in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Legal Norco contains acetaminophen and hydrocodone, HealthDay reports. The illegal version has led to an unexpected cluster of fentanyl deaths in California this spring, Armenian said.
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Some Fentanyl Pills Being Sold as Other Painkillers

Some Fentanyl Pills Being Sold as Other Painkillers
Law enforcement officials say they are seeing increasing cases of the potent opioid fentanyl being sold as other painkillers, such as oxycodone or Percocet. In Tennessee, officials say there have been two dozen cases in recent months of pills marked as oxycodone or Percocet that turned out to include fentanyl, according to the Associated Press . Fentanyl is 25 to 40 times more powerful than heroin, the article notes. It is used for treatment of chronic pain in end-stage cancer patients. San Francisco’s health department said several overdoses last summer were due to fentanyl that looked like Xanax. Canada has issued warnings about fentanyl pills that look like oxycodone. Federal agents arrested a man in suburban Cleveland in February after seizing more than 900 pills containing fentanyl that were marked as oxycodone tablets. Carole Rendon, acting U.S. Attorney in Cleveland, explained fentanyl is cheap to make, so dealers sell them...
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Mix of Drugs Often to Blame for Overdose Deaths in Massachusetts

Mix of Drugs Often to Blame for Overdose Deaths in Massachusetts
The vast majority of overdose deaths in Massachusetts in the first six months of 2014 were caused by heroin or a prescription opioid taken along with some other drug or alcohol, according to NPR . Heroin was involved in 39 percent of the state’s 501 overdose deaths during that period, following by other opioids (37 percent) and the synthetic opiate fentanyl (37 percent). Cocaine was cited in 23 percent of cases, alcohol was involved in 19 percent, and benzodiazepines such as Klonopin and Xanax were involved in 13 percent. Fentanyl was involved in many multi-drug deaths. Fentanyl is especially deadly when combined with heroin or other opioids. Alcohol, cocaine and other prescription medications were all implicated, but to a lesser extent, according to an analysis by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Doctors treating patients in recovery say it is difficult to figure out what to prescribe for...
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