Fentanyl overdose deaths doubling each year, study shows

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The number of Americans dying from overdoses of the powerful narcotic fentanyl rose 12-fold in recent years, health officials reported Thursday. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s hundreds of times more potent than heroin or cocaine. But sometimes drug users don’t know they’re buying it, because fentanyl is often mixed with other opioids or misrepresented as heroin. “We saw the rates doubling each year from 2013 to 2016,” said lead researcher Merianne Spencer, a statistician at the U.S.

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