The street drug market has become increasingly polluted by additives in recent years. Fentanyl is the number one among those, as it is commonly added to heroin and now other substances as well.
Fentanyl and its close relative, carfentanil, are synthetic opioids considered to be 100 to 10,000 times stronger than morphine. They are being found in many other drugs, a trend that accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic, according to harm reduction workers across the state.
Because certain fentanyl analogues are so potent, the smallest amounts can have major effects on users. These deadly blends have driven up the risk of overdose for people who use drugs.
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