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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  • It’s a very sad, broken world out there.
    People will do just about anything to kill the pain, even at the risk of their very lives…

  • Blake Paine

    My father was on fentanyl patches when he had cancer and one day while helping him change one almost went unconscious from just having touched the active side of the discarded patch.

    Yes, the incredible potency of Fentanyl makes it easier to smuggle and then they try cut it to heroin level strength. Of course there is high variability in the cutting and people can overdose much easier.

    Domino effect, they over prescribed opioid medications, many becoming addicted, then they cut everyone off by by making prescription opioids harder to get, many then switched to heroin which is often cut fentanyl.

    It will be a burden on them and society for a generation.