4 harmed by possible fentanyl exposure in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — One person was in grave condition after possible exposure to the drug fentanyl at a Los Angeles hotel early Tuesday, authorities said. Three other people appeared to be in stable and fair condition, Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. The incident occurred before 7 a.m. at an Extended Stay America hotel in Woodland Hills. The hotel room was closed off and a hazardous materials squad was summoned to investigate a powdered substance. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Most recent cases of fentanyl-related harm involve illegally made fentanyl, according to the CDC. The illegally made drug is often mixed with heroin and cocain
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