- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) - Police are warning illegal drug users in Walla Walla that the drug fentanyl has been found in street drugs and could cause overdose deaths.

Police said Tuesday the potent pain killer was confirmed in Washington state crime lab testing of drugs that were sold illegally. Detectives are waiting for toxicology reports to determine whether fentanyl was present in the overdose cases at Walla Walla.

People who think they are injecting heroin may be injecting themselves with a lethal dose of fentanyl.

In Pennsylvania, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Monday that 22 people have died in the past week from suspected overdoses of heroin and fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a synthetic morphine used by cancer patients and others with chronic pain.


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