Reports show that two little-known drugs are a new contributor to America's overdose crisis.
According to a government report published Thursday, para-fluorofentanyl and metonitazene are seen more frequently by medical researchers investigating overdose deaths. They are often taken with — or mixed with — illicit fentanyl, the drug primarily responsible for more than 100.000 overdose deaths in the US in the past year.
Drugs deadlier and more potent than fentanyl
dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan, one of the authors of the report: “These very potent agents are often injected or snorted and are more potent than fentanyl. Often they don't even inject the full syringe for an overdose.”
To make the overdose harmless, naloxone may work. But more is needed than with overdoses from other drugs. That indicates how harmful these drugs can be. The report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for U.S. medical and public health professionals, is one of the first of its kind to raise the alarm about the drugs. It was written by officials of the Drug Enforcement Administration; a toxicology lab at the University of California, San Francisco; and the Knox County Regional Forensics Center.
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