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Oregon sees spikes in fentanyl overdoses

The opiate fentanyl is 50-100 times more powerful than methadone, heroin and other narcotics. And it’s behind recent spikes in fatal and nonfatal overdoses in Oregon. Some teens are using social media like Facebook messenger and Snapchat to connect with dealers and buy the drug. John McIlveen is the State Opioid Treatment Authority at the Oregon Health Authority. He joins us to tell us more about the rise in fentanyl use and some of the strategies to prevent fatal overdoses.

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This undated photo provided by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office shows fentanyl pills.
Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office /
This undated photo provided by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office shows fentanyl pills.

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