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Acetyl Fentanyl True Cause of Some ‘Heroin’ Overdoses

Acetyl fentanyl is the name of an opioid substance closely related to a powerful opioid painkiller called fentanyl. While fentanyl has a legitimate medical purpose, acetyl fentanyl does not. However, manufacturers of the street drug heroin sometimes add acetyl fentanyl to batches of the drug as a heroin extender or replacement. In a study published in August 2014 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte addressed the possibility that some of the current increase in heroin overdoses across the U.S. may actually be attributable to the effects of acetyl fentanyl.

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