Special Report: Powerful additive leads to spate of heroin overdose deaths

in 2014, David Rosenbloom, Newsmakers, School of Public Health
February 23rd, 2014

drosenbloomNorwich Bulletin
David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health

Drug overdose deaths in Eastern Connecticut are skyrocketing. Officials are worried about the increasingly devastating impact of heroin in the region, and there has been a new, recent twist — heroin that is spiked with a potent painkiller for a lethal combination…

Expert quote:

“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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