Narcotics prosecutor says legal fake fentanyl is responsible for nearly 50 OD deaths in Brooklyn and Staten Island

Daily News - It’s not the actual drug, and dealers can’t be prosecuted for peddling it, but fake fentanyl can kill like the real thing — and that’s exactly what it did 48 times last year in Brooklyn and Staten Island, a city prosecutor said Wednesday.

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan plans to share that shocking fact with the City Council on Thursday during a Committee on the Justice System hearing to examine how local law enforcement agencies handle the opioid crisis. Brennan said she is especially alarmed by the seemingly new trend of modified street fentanyl — which on average is already some 50 times more potent than heroin — being used with regularity.

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