From WTOP, by The Associated Press
Two powerful drugs now adding to US overdose crisis
Emerging reports show that two little-known drugs are making lethal new contributions to America’s drug overdose crisis.
Para-fluorofentanyl and metonitazene are being seen more often by medical examiners looking into overdose deaths, according to a government report published Thursday. They often are taken with — or mixed with — illicit fentanyl, the drug mainly responsible for the more than 100,000 U.S. overdose deaths in the last year.
Increasingly, one or the other of the two drugs is the sole reason for some overdose deaths, said Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan, one of the report authors.
Often injected or snorted, they are more powerful than fentanyl, she said.