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Fentanyl Deaths
(2008-07-24)
(wgvu) - TLANTA (AP) - The government says more than one thousand people
died over two years from an illegal version of the painkiller
fentanyl.
Health officials say the spike of overdoses seems to have ended
-- and point to law enforcement's shutdown of a fentanyl operation
in Mexico in 2006.
The wave of fentanyl overdoses first came to light in Chicago in
2005, and by 2006 more clusters were identified in Philadelphia,
Detroit and other cities.
Hundreds of deaths from the drug were gradually reported, often
episodically in local newspapers.
Today's report from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention puts the toll at one-thousand-13 deaths from early April
2005 through late March 2007.
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