Fentanyl Now Most Common Drug Involved in Fatal Overdoses

Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids have overtaken prescription opioids as the most common drug involved in fatal drug overdoses in the United States, according to a new report.

Government researchers found the percentage of fatal overdoses involving synthetic opioids rose from 14 percent in 2010 to 46 percent in 2016, according to NBC News. Of the 42,249 opioid-related overdose deaths recorded in 2016, the researchers found 19,413 involved synthetic opioids. Their findings are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Bill Would Create Tough New Penalties for People Caught With Synthetic Opioids

Two senators on the Judiciary Committee are preparing a bill that would create tough new penalties for people caught with synthetic opioids, NPR reports.

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who have supported reducing some drug sentences, are preparing the new bill. Grassley is the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Feinstein is the committee’s ranking member.

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Powerful Heroin Substitute Called Pink Being Sold Online

An increasingly popular synthetic opioid known as Pink is being sold online, according to NBC News. Only four states—Florida, Ohio, Wyoming and Georgia—have banned the drug, also known as U-47700.

Pink is eight times stronger than heroin, the article notes. The drug, along with other synthetic opioids, is being shipped into the United States from China and other countries.

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