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Lethal dose of fentanyl

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Fentanyl is not a new drug, but it suddenly seems to be everywhere. And it’s wreaking havoc throughout Arizona, often with deadly consequences.

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“We are certainly in the middle of a crisis -- a public health crisis -- an epidemic of proportions that we have not seen,” said Dr. Patrice Harris, the president-elect American Medical Association.

“Some news sources have coined fentanyl as the deadliest drug in the world,” Stephanie Siete of Community Bridges explained. “So, it’s pretty deadly. It can be potent in first use. Someone could die -- could overdose -- from one-time use.”

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Fentanyl

Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses, according to a new government report.

Fifty times stronger than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine, fentanyl is “an extreme opioid.”

Arizona’s Family has been detailing the deadly impacts – families losing loved ones to accidental overdoses.

Since 2017, more than 18,000 Arizonans have overdosed on opioids, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services website. More than 2,400 people have died.

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Fentanyl is playing a significant role in the rising death rates.

“Currently most of the overdose deaths are related to fentanyl,” Harris said.

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Counterfeit Percocet pills flood AZ streets

This is an image of a counterfeit Percocet pill confiscated by the San Luis Police Department. The pills are known on the street as "M-30s," and are laced with the drug, fentanyl.

Police are finding more and more drugs laced with fentanyl, like the “M-30s” that were the subject of a recent CBS 5 Investigates story.

Dr. Frank LoVecchio of the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center compares taking an M-30 to playing the game Russian Roulette.

Because of the way the pills are made, no two are the same. Each one contains a different amount of fentanyl.

“Bottom line, you never know what you’re getting, and no one should take unknown substances into their bodies -- kids, adults, no one,” Siete said. “Never take an unknown substance into your body because it can be dangerous or deadly.”

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(6) comments

fishboy11

Sorry but your story is wrong, Carfentanil is the strongest drug in the world and is 100 times stronger than fentanyl

PatHerb

I am so happy and it is long past due to do a news discussion about the deadly drug Fentynal because everyone I tell is confused with the prescription drugs not illicit drugs killing children. Or people want to argue that it is manufactured in China and come across the border at point of entry and not at places a wall might stop. I am 66 and I know a lot because my precious 18 year old grandchild got Addicted to it! My grandchild lost half her body weight and acted parilized and I could give a great deal of information on how Devastating drug is! I’d like to stand on roof tops and shout listen everyone this drug is killing kids and even if you don’t care you or your family could fall Victim from the repercussions of it because of It Because if a person strung out on this drug gets behind the wheel and drives they can faint and cause a car crash harming Innocent people so therefore everybody needs to pay attention and do all they can to stop this drug from entering the United States from Mexico. Everyone needs to get educated and fight against this drug! My grandchild was told to put it in a blunt she smoked and the Addiction was immediate!

cinhep1

The fentanyl patch, however, is prescribed outside of hospitals. I wear one.

Dusty Rose

Manufactured by Big Pharma, perscribed by doctors, handed out by pharmacists, approved by the FDA.

LizardMan

Fentanyl is C1 in most cases and not approved for release outside of hospitals. Nice try though.

fishboy11

sorry but fentanyl patchs can be prescribed by any physician for use outside a hospital

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