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Medical Examiner Reports Deaths from Powerful Opioids on the Rise

Cook County, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has seen an increase in deaths attributed to fentanyl and fentanyl analogues, which chemical derivatives of fentanyl.

Fentanyl is an opiate that is up to 100 times more potent than morphine, which is the active component of heroin. Fentanyl analogues are typically not pharmaceutical-grade drugs like those administered by medical professionals for severe pain.Since mid-December, at least seven deaths were caused, at least in part, by furanyl fentanyl, according to toxicology tests results received this year.

Since September, there have also been at least six deaths . . .

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