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Two More Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Overdose Deaths Confirmed in Delaware

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP/WBOC) - State health officials say two more overdose deaths related to fentanyl-laced heroin during April have been confirmed, bringing the total to eight deaths in Delaware this year.
    
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Friday that the deaths occurred April 2 in Millsboro and April 5 in Claymont. Officials say of all the deaths, they involved six men and two women, ranging in age from 28 to 58. Officials say five of the deaths occurred in New Castle County and three in Sussex County. Seven of the individuals were Delawareans and one was from Maryland.
    
The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services says March 20 and April 5, eight people have died from fentanyl-tainted heroin overdoses. During a 2006 outbreak of similar overdoses, officials say there were seven deaths in Delaware.

"The warning needs to get out that fentanyl-laced heroin is here in Delaware and that people are dying from it," Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf said. "For those who suffer from addiction, the state and private providers are prepared to support individuals who are ready to seek treatment. At the same time, we thank law enforcement agencies, including the Delaware State Police, for targeting heroin suppliers and dealers to disrupt the supply chain."
    
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller, is mixed with heroin to produce a stronger high. They say it's 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin. Heroin laced with fentanyl has been blamed for dozens of deaths around the country, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Michigan.
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