Illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico into the Southwest has become a profitable new business for drug gangs, helping push the synthetic opioid to the top spot for fatal U.S. overdoses.
Thousands of Marylanders have died from opioid overdoses in recent years, with a surge in deaths from fentanyl. But our present-day opiate epidemic has a Victorian precursor.
Fentanyl — a synthetic opioid both cheap to produce and up to 50 times more powerful than heroin — was the driving force behind Maryland’s all-time high number of drug fatalities last year, rising from 1,119 in 2016 to 1,594 in 2017.
Police seized more than 8.5 kilograms of xylazine — an animal tranquilizer — 1.7 kilograms of fentanyl, some heroin and some cocaine.
The man pleaded guilty to being part of a ring that distributed nearly enough fentanyl to kill everyone in Washington County, and that led to the deaths of two men.
The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can help heroin users detect a potentially deadly contaminant in their drugs. Government agencies have begun paying for test strips and providing them to needle-exchange programs.
A substance that led to nearly 30 people at an Ohio prison being treated for drug exposure or suspected exposure was a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, the State Highway Patrol said.
Two men from Southern Maryland are facing at least 20 years in prison on multiple charges of distributing fentanyl that resulted in the deaths of three people.
The number of overdose deaths in Maryland continued its deadly climb, reaching an all-time high last year, according to a new report from the Maryland Department of Health.
The Maryland State Police say the operation was supplying drugs, especially heroin and fentanyl, throughout Prince George’s, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, as well as Baltimore City.
Three men involved in what federal authorities described as a D.C.-area “drug crew” have been charged with conspiracy to distribute the synthetic opioid fentanyl and other illegal drugs, according to a newly unsealed indictment.
Virginia’s attorney general continues to make fighting the opioid-heroin epidemic a top priority, and he has been pushing to crack down on fentanyl and heroin dealers.
A Maryland man has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin and 400 grams or more of fentanyl in the D.C. area.
Seven people who work at the D.C. Department of Corrections were sent to the hospital after they were exposed to a suspicious substance initially thought to be fentanyl. Further tests indicated that the substance was, instead, synthetic cannabinoid.
Police say 19 people have been arrested in a crackdown on a suspected drug ring accused of funneling heroin and fentanyl from New York City to Maryland.
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