Fentanyl Epidemic: Opiate addiction fueling uptick in fentanyl overdoses

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Hill Recovery Program Nurse Jessica Seaman (left) checks the vitals of a recovering opioid addict during a routine visit while Hill Recovery Operations Director Erin Hill watches at their Temecula facility. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Jeff Pack Staff Writer Back on Jan. 23, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Temecula Station issued a special bulletin pertaining to counterfeit pill-related overdoses and deaths in Riverside County. The warning came on the heels of the deaths of four young adults in or from the city of Temecula a month earlier involving a drug called fentanyl, a drug man, many times more potent than morphine.  “Mexican drug cartels are manufacturing mass quantities of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid that is lethal in minute doses, for distribution throughout North America,” the bulletin reads, adding there has been an “alarming number” of overdose incidents involving counterfeit “Percocet” and “Oxycodone” pills. “
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