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Increased Risk for Fentanyl-Involved Overdoses

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Posted: Friday, August 26, 2016 10:47 AM


New developments have placed more people at risk for fentanyl-involved overdoses from IMF and may increase the risk of non-fatal and fatal overdose. These developments include the following:

  1. a sharp increase in the availability of counterfeit pills containing varying amounts of fentanyl and fentanyl-related compounds (e.g., labeled as Oxycodone, Xanax, and Norco),
  2. the potential for counterfeit pills containing fentanyl and fentanyl-related compounds to be broadly distributed across the United States which could impact states not previously impacted by IMF and persons using diverted prescription pills (i.e., licit drugs diverted for illicit purposes and involves the diversion of drugs from legal and medically necessary uses towards uses that are illegal and typically not medically authorized or necessary)[1],
  3. the widening array of toxic fentanyl-related compounds being mixed with heroin or sold as heroin, including extremely toxic analogs such as carfentanil, and
  4. continued increases in the supply and distribution of IMF (

To see recommendation download the document "Final HAN 395_Influx of Fentanyl laced Counterfeit Pills Increases Risk" below.

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