Synthetic opioid fentanyl becomes Virginia's deadliest drug
A synthetic opioid was the deadliest drug in Virginia last year.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch this week
fentanyl-related fatalities surpassed those related to heroin and prescription painkillers last year.
, fentanyl contributed to 618 deaths. Heroin contributed to 448, and prescription opioids contributed to 469 deaths.
Fentanyl is described as being 50 -100 times stronger than morphine and has led to overdoses
, Harrisonburg, Shenandoah County, and beyond.
Rosie Hobron is a forensic epidemiologist with the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. She says fentanyl is being used as a partial substitute for heroin and many people are overdosing because they don't know what they're buying.
It's cheaper to get fentanyl, which is typically developed in a warehouse. Heroin requires acreage to grow the necessary poppies.
The opioid crisis was
Learn more about the deadly drug and its effects in our area in an interview with Waynesboro police