So far this year, 50 people have died in Pennsylvania from fentanyl-related overdoses.
Fentanyl is a prescription drug — an opiate more powerful than morphine.
It is often used to treat cancer patients experiencing extreme pain. An illicit, non-prescription version of fentanyl led to hundreds of deaths in Pennsylvania in 2006.
From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Elana Gordon of WHYY reports that state health and drug enforcement officials are worried it’s on the rise again.
- Elana Gordon, health and science reporter for WHYY. She tweets @Elana_Gordon.
This segment aired on August 2, 2013.