By Georgea Kovanis
Original Source: freep.com
The nation’s opioid crisis began with prescription pain killers — Vicodin, Oxycontin, norco and the like, that’s what was killing people.
When doctors stopped writing so many prescriptions, when illegal pill supplies dried up or buying them off the street became too expensive, users turned to heroin and deaths from that shot up.
But now, there’s fentanyl, a synthetic opioid and the deadliest drug in America.It’s showing up everywhere, taking the lives of people rich and poor, old and young.
On Christmas Day, an 18-month-old girl from Macomb County died of a massive overdose of fentanyl. The county prosecutor told the Free Press she had more fentanyl in her system than the medical examiner’s office had ever seen. Authorities believe the girl’s parents were using their Clinton Township home to process and package fentanyl.
What makes fentanyl so deadly? So different? What makes it such a threat?
Here are some answers…click here to continue reading