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Fatal Overdoses from Synthetic Opioids Surpass Prescription Opioid Deaths

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times reports that according to research from the National Vital Statistics System “overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids like illicit fentanyl have surpassed deaths involving prescription opioids” since 2016.   Study co-author Emily Einstein, a health science policy analyst at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said   We have been focused on the threat of prescription opioid overdose deaths, and this paper shows us that we need to remain vigilant about the ever shifting nature of the crisis.

Dr. Wilson Compton warned, 
We are seeing fentanyl being included in cocaine, we are seeing it included in methamphetamine, we are seeing it included in many classes of drugs sold on the street”  in fake pills and powders

CNN says a new report,also found that nearly 80% of deaths involving synthetic opioids also involved other drugs, including other opioids, cocaine, benzodiazepines, alcohol, and antidepressants, “suggesting ” either intentional drug mixing or contamination of other drugs with fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that has a history and needs to be understood.  Great information is available at