Heroin, painkiller a deadly combination

in 2014, David Rosenbloom, Newsmakers, Patriot Ledger, School of Public Health
February 19th, 2014

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David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health

Heroin is deadly enough on its own, but mixed with a powerful painkiller meant for terminally ill cancer patients it creates a potentially even more lethal concoction that could be behind a spike in overdoses in cities and towns south of Boston, police say…

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“The problem is that it is so much more powerful than heroin that people who take mixtures of it are at significantly greater risk for overdose. Fentanyl slows down breathing, and if you have enough of it, then you stop breathing.”

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