#8: Five deaths in Sacramento County related to street drug painkillers | The Sacramento Bee

A recent wave of opioid overdoses – including five deaths – across Sacramento County has law enforcement, hospital and public health officials scrambling to uncover who may be mixing and selling street drugs believed to contain a powerful painkiller, fentanyl.

Initially, health officials believed that the 20 people who have been hospitalized or found dead of overdoses since March 24 had all taken tablets or capsules of Norco, a commonly abused prescription painkiller, that was somehow laced or mixed with fentanyl. But late Monday, a UC Davis toxicologist working on the cases said that’s not likely.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/article68658717.html#storylink=cpy

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