Fentanyl powder

The increasing prevalence of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, is adding a deadly wrinkle to the nation’s opioid epidemic.

WASHBURN COUNTY – What was once a prescription drug with a legitimate purpose to treat those recovering from surgery or cancer treatment is now causing overdose deaths across the United States.

Fentanyl, a potent opioid manufactured by pharmaceutical companies for severe pain management, is being used as a street drug. And it’s being seen more and more in Washburn County.

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