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CDC says illicit fentanyl is causing a spike in synthetic opioid deaths

The Register-Herald - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), as opposed to pharmaceutical fentanyl, is the main driver of the recent increase in deaths involving synthetic opioids (other than methadone).

From 2010 to 2015, annual overdose deaths involving opioids in the U.S. increased by nearly 57 percent, with a notable rise in deaths attributed to synthetic opioids, which are opioids made from chemicals in a lab, such as fentanyl, tramadol and Demerol. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

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