- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont police department says a recent surge in heroin overdoses has been linked to heroin mixed with a powerful painkiller.

The Hartford police department said Monday that tests on heroin involved in a series of overdoses found it was tainted with the drug fentanyl.

Hartford Police Deputy Chief Braedon Vail tells Vermont Public Radio (https://bit.ly/1DT8OuG ) there have been nine known overdoses in the Upper Connecticut River Valley this month, two of which were fatal.

Vail says fentanyl is painkiller 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine and many times more potent than heroin.

Earlier this year three deaths in Addison County were found to be the result of overdoses on pure fentanyl being sold as heroin.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net


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