Fentanyl/Heroin Mix Kills 100+
Posted by Childress on June 7, 2006
Drug marketers screwed up big time. Either they were trying to make heroin more potent, or they were working to develop a black market in the super-powerful prescription painkiller fentanyl. In either case, they messed up … and more than 100 are dead. Oops. From AP:
Local and federal authorities on Wednesday announced a joint investigation into fentanyl-laced heroin that has caused several deaths in the Pittsburgh area and at least 100 deaths from Philadelphia to Chicago in recent months.
The investigation would try to determine whether fentanyl, a painkiller, is being used to make heroin more potent or whether local dealers are using it to create a market for a new drug, U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan said.
Buchanan and other officials declined to speculate where the heroin in Pittsburgh might be coming from or what the source of the fentanyl might be.
Earlier this week, U.S. drug czar John Walters said federal agents, working in cooperation with the Mexican government, had closed down a lab in Mexico that might be the main source of the fentanyl being put in U.S. heroin. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said it was testing fentanyl seized in Mexico to see if it could be linked to deaths in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.
One of the risks of taking drugs is that drug users are letting theselves be used as guinea pigs and test markets for new products. As any lab scientist knows, not every test is successful, which is why a lot of tests lead up to the first human trials.
Not so in the unscrupulous world of drug dealers.