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Quasi-legal street drug poses new lethal threat to users
Quasi-legal street drug poses new lethal threat to users

Emergency physicians are bracing for a new rash of overdoses of a drug that looks like heroin but may not respond to commonly used doses of the opiate-reversal drug naloxone because it is so powerful, a new study reports. The threat comes from an emerging street drug called acetyl fentanyl -- an opiate that is five to 15 times as powerful as heroin and is being mixed with street drugs sold as heroin. An article appearing in the Annals of Emergency Medicine on Monday warns emergency physicians to expect "an upswing in what appear on the surface to be heroin overdoses" but are in fact tied to acetyl fentanyl. Acetyl fentanyl, an analog of the prescription opiate fentanyl, has...

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