The Drug Enforcement Administration will classify illicit versions of fentanyl at the same level as heroin, Reuters reports. The action will make it easier for federal prosecutors and agents to prosecute traffickers of all forms of fentanyl-related substances, the agency said.
Many drug dealers use their customers to test the strength of the synthetic opioids they sell, the Associated Press reports. They want the drugs to be strong enough to keep their customers coming back, but not strong enough to kill them.
Law enforcement officials in Georgia have identified two new strains of the highly potent opioid fentanyl that may be immune to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.