A study says the number of deadly heroin overdoses in the country more than quadrupled from 2010 to 2015. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there were almost 13,000 overdose deaths involving heroin in 2015, compared to more than 3,000 deaths fatalities five years earlier. The center’s research was based on death certificate data and did not examine whether overdoses were intentional suicides or accidental deaths. Heroin has been becoming more potent and cheaper to buy, which may be causing more people to use it, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wochit
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Drug dealer Eric Reeder of Spearfish got word in January 2017 that one of his customers was in trouble after smoking the fentanyl that Reeder had sold him.
“I told you only to take one hit every 20 minutes,” Reeder texted to the 31-year-old man.
But the warning came too late. The man had already overdosed and was found unresponsive by his mother.
He survived, but two other people who bought the fentanyl derivative from Reeder that month did not: a 38-year-old man and the 23-year-old mother of a young child.
Across South Dakota, families have discovered in the worst way possible what law enforcement officers and medical examiners fully understand: that fentanyl and illicit fentanyl byproducts known as analogs are among the deadliest drugs in the world. And they are now taking lives in South Dakota.
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Fentanyl and analogs are often made in clandestine labs by drug dealers. They can be added into other drugs to increase potency and users are often