Officials: 3 Die From Fentanyl Overdoses in VT

By Joe Gullo

Published 02/06 2014 01:55PM

Updated 02/06 2014 02:07PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Health and public safety officials are warning heroin users that products packaged as heroin may contain pure fentanyl or be laced with fentanyl.

A press release say 3 deaths in Addison county in January were from overdoses from pure fentanyl.

“Heroin users may not know they are shooting up fentanyl, or they may not know just how deadly it is,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. “Even a very small amount of pure fentanyl, just a few grains, can stop your breathing and kill.”

Health officials say fentanyl is an opioid drug that is up to 50 times more powerful than heroin.

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