“Fentanyl-laced heroin is killing individuals in our city,” said Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner.
“Nearly every day in Baltimore, one person dies from drug overdose. This is a public health emergency. It is our obligation to educate and save lives.”
What is Fentanyl?
A synthetic opioid, which is 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin. When prescribed by a physician it is typically used to treat patients with severe pain, or to manage pain after surgery. However it is increasingly being mixed with street-sold heroin or cocaine, amplifying both the drug’s potency—and the dangers.
What is the Danger?
In 2015, Baltimore City had an alarming increase in fentanyl-related overdose deaths. In the first quarter of 2015 there was an 178 percent increase in overdose deaths in Baltimore associated with fentanyl. In October alone, there were 14 deaths related to fentanyl—an 133 percent increase over last year!
What Can I do?
We have to raise awareness about this dire issue in our communities. Baltimore City Health Department has recently sent letters to health leaders across the city urging them to warn people of the dangers of fentanyl-laced heroin and how to reduce risks related to heroin use.
Please help us to get the word out to people in our community by sharing this flyer.
Naloxone is a prescription medicine that can reverse an opioid overdose. It can be administered by nasal spray or injection.
Visit the Baltimore City Health Department website to learn more.