Deaths from fentanyl on the rise in Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Health officials say deaths from the powerful opioid fentanyl and fentanyl -related drugs appear to be on the rise in Washington state. An investigation by several state agencies released Wednesday found at least 70 people died from the synthetic opioid in 2016. Fentanyl is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and is often mixed with heroin or made to look like other painkillers that fetch a higher street price.
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