Is there a bad batch of heroin on the street?
The Medical Examiner tweets that they have had 10 overdose deaths today alone, raising the possibility an especially lethal version of heroin is being sold locally.
The drug that has been most linked to heroin deaths is fentanyl, and variations of it, such as carfentanyl, an elephant tranquilizer. It’s sometimes mixed into heroin, sometimes sold as heroin, sometimes mixed with cocaine.
In 2015, 216 people in Palm Beach County died after using fentanyl, heroin or illicit morphine, the three drugs at the heart of the drug crisis. Last year, more than 200 locals died with fentanyl in their system.
And at a recent National League of Cities meeting in Washington, DC, one out-of-state city official talking about overdoses in his community said,”We don’t have a heroin problem anymore. We have a fentanyl problem.”
Whatever the problem is behind the rash of overdoses, The Medical Examiner’s twitter message to users was a red flag: “You’ve been warned.”