Charleston police warn of deadly opioid fentanyl disguised as other drugs

Authorities in Charleston have a warning — the deadly opioid fentanyl, which has been at the center of the nation’s ongoing epidemic of overdose deaths, is increasingly being mixed with other drugs like heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine and 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Because of its strength, it has also been found in pills meant to imitate Percocet, Oxycodone and Xanax, police said.


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