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What is fentanyl and why is it so dangerous?

The opioid crisis has only intensified as more illicit drugs have entered the market. Drug overdose deaths hit an all-time high in 2021, with more than 100,000 people lost to the ongoing epidemic fueled by the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl. The drug, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can be up to 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times that of morphine. Illicit forms of fentanyl are mainly manufactured by drug cartels in Mexico and are spreading in the United States

Here’s what you need to know about fentanyl:


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