Fentanyl Deaths up 1,000% in Greater Cincinnati Area Since 2013

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(Cincinnati.com) The powerhouse opioid fentanyl has drenched the drug supply in Greater Cincinnati, dwarfing the presence of heroin sold on the streets.

More than 90 percent of drugs analyzed at the Hamilton County crime lab through May 3 this year have had the synthetic opiate in them.

Fentanyl crept into the drug stream around 2012. By 2013, fentanyl-related deaths amounted to 24. Last year? 324.

That’s more than a 1,000 percent increase.

Fentanyl is king, says Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan, co-chair of drug interdiction for the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition.

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