Hospitals Report Cases of People Using Cocaine Laced with Fentanyl
Hospitals in the United States and Canada are reporting cases of people overdosing after using cocaine laced with fentanyl, HealthDay reports.
A hospital in New Haven, Connecticut treated 12 people who overdosed last June when they used fentanyl that had been sold as cocaine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Three of the people died.
A rapid response from public health officials and police may have saved lives, the CDC noted. Paramedics were equipped with additional naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote. Officials traced back the source of the drugs, issued a public service announcement and gave out naloxone to families and friends of people known to use opioids.