"The Department of Health reported a record number of accidental drug overdoses last year, in part because of an increase in fentanyl, a potent painkiller mixed with heroin.
Some details about the drug:
--Most often used to treat patients with severe pain, fentanyl is a Schedule II synthetic narcotic that as a prescription is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
--Reports of fentanyl increased by 300 percent in the U.S. from the second half of 2013 to the first half of 2014, based on seizures by law enforcement. The South, Northeast and Midwest saw particularly high numbers..."
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