As if any opiate weren’t dangerous enough, let along heroin, reports have surfaced that a particular batch of heroin in Pittsburgh has been responsible for at least 17 deaths in the area in just the past week.
Officials from Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties have cited a particular brand of heroin in packages labeled as “Theraflu” that has been laced with the prescription drug fentanyl. In addition to the deaths, dozens more people survived overdoses related to the drug.
Fentanyl is approximately 100 times stronger than morphine, and is considered one of the most potent opiate narcotics in existence. Previously, fentanyl caused a string of deaths in Detroit and other cities several years ago. An article in the British medical journal The Lancet detailed back in 2006 that fentanyl-related overdoses had spread to cities in eight states, including Chicago, Detroit, St Louis, Philadelphia, and Camden, New Jersey. Fentanyl had been linked to 130 deaths in Detroit and 100 in Chicago in only a few months. In New Jersey, the drug cocktail killed three and hospitalized 42 in one weekend alone.
The opiate problem in the United States continues to escalate in various forms. Due to the nature of addiction, the more people use a drug they begin to build a tolerance to it, so in the case of opiates they tend to seek greater amounts and stronger drugs. This is a deadly progression.
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