Health and law enforcement officials are warning about heroin laced with the powerful prescription that packs a punch more powerful than its counterpart.
Officials describe this painkiller called Fentanyl. Fentanyl is 80 times the strength of heroin and is being blamed for dozens of recent overdoses across the country.
The Cuyahoga Medical Examiner's Office in Cleveland suspects that three fatal heroin overdoses on Tuesday may be linked to Fentanyl-laced heroin.
Roy Adams is the Executive Director of the Idle Time Club, a non-profit organization in East Toledo that offers food and shelter to people battling drug addictions. Adams said the people he counsels have picked up a new drug addiction. "With the opiate addiction, doctors are not writing prescriptions like they used to, and so the cheapest way out is heroin," Mr. Adams said.
While heroin overdoses have risen in Toledo, no link has recently been made to Fentanyl. "We certainly have seen an uptick in overdoses over the last year," said Sgt. Joe Heffernan of the Toledo Police Department.