U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

'Norco' fentanyl overdose deaths rise to 14; problem spreads to Bay Area

 Fourteen people in the Sacramento area have fatally overdosed on a pill disguised as a popular painkiller, and now the drug has turned up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bay Area hospitals have treated seven patients who ingested what they thought was the painkiller Norco in recent weeks, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patients all survived, though at least some experienced nausea, vomiting and difficulty breathing.

The pills were adulterated with fentanyl, the powerful opioid.

Sacramento County health officials have reported 52 Norco-connected poisonings since late March, with 12 of those cases...