- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Three people have been charged for allegedly selling overdose victims heroin that was actually Fentanyl. At least a dozen people in central Florida overdosed and one man died.

Brevard County Sheriff’s officials say individuals purchased and ingested what they believed was heroin, but was actually almost pure fentanyl. The drug is typically used in easing extreme pain for some end-stage cancer patients. Fentanyl has been found to be up to 50 times more potent than heroin and tends to produce significant respiratory depression.

Authorities believe the victims from Monday’s overdoses may have all gotten their drugs from the same batch. Florida Today (https://tinyurl.com/ojyesdu) reports the three were charged Wednesday with all sale and possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute.

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Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.), https://www.floridatoday.com

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