Sep 24, 2015 6:02 PM

Fentanyl: Why it is fueling the opioid crisis

CONCORD - More people died in 2014 from Fentanyl than heroin, according to information obtained by NH1 News, via the State Medical Examiner's Office.

Information in this INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC shows the prevalence of the highly controlled opioid pain reliever Fentanyl caused 18 deaths in 2013, the number then skyrocketed to 145 in 2014.

So how is it ending up on the streets of New Hampshire?

According to Timothy Desmond with the DEA, the drug is being manufactured by dealers in Mexico. It then crosses the U.S. border by vehicle, plane, or human carriers. The production is unregulated, making the strength of doses unpredictable.

The drug can be snorted, smoked or injected. Officials are finding heroin is often laced with Fentanyl, but some overdoses are caused by users taking straight doses of Fentanyl.

Fentanyl is 30-50% more powerful than heroin, Desmond said. It is 100 times more powerful than morphine.

From January 1st to August 1st, 129 overdose deaths involved Fentanyl, according the Medical Examiner's Office.


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