The use of synthetic opioids that are stronger than fentanyl have soared in Washington, DC, setting off a wave of tragic drug overdoses that appear to be escalating, federal and local forensic analysts have discovered.
Examining the used syringes in all the capital of the United States, analysts found that the use of two drugs, known as protonitazene and isotonitazene, went up in Washington DC. They fear that combined with the existing presence of fentanyl, opioids are fueling an increase in fatal overdose during the past 12 months.
Although it is not known how spread on use of the two new opioids are their addition to the drug crisis in course in American cities reflect the growing wave of overdose that shows no signs of slowing down down.
Warning of the threat posed by the influx of new opiates, Alexandra Evans, a DC analyst to the city’S public health laboratory, signposted how there are concerns that the drugs may be resistant to existing life-saving antidotes used for combat the effects of fentanyl.
“We have been in able to really detect some of them unique trends in DC, like things that other cities don’t really see “, Morgan Levitas, of the DC Department of Forensic Sciences, he said, sounding the alarm about the drug situation in the city.
The center for Research and education in forensic sciences have confirmed the potency of the new opioids. Addressing the situation, center’s Alex Krotulski said there are three or four of them times the force of the highly prolific fentanyl, which has been accused as the key driver behind of America record number of died from overdose.
“The majority of what we see are more potent than fentanyl – sometimes way more potent than fentanyl – which it really is scary” Krotulski said.
Data released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the scale of the opioid drug crisis, finding about 498 overdoses in the past 12 months in Washington, DC only. The drug DC death total is greater than the number of fatal overdose in 13 states and significantly higher than the city murder rate.
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