UMass study finds half of overdose patients unaware of their fentanyl exposure
Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that’s 50 times more potent than heroin, has been, since early last year, the leading factor in opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Health has reported. In 2016, fentanyl was found in more than three out of four of 2,069 confirmed and suspected opioid overdose deaths statewide.
But less is known about how people are exposed to illicit fentanyl.
A recent study out of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center, with the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, found that among adult patients who came to the emergency room after being revived from a heroin overdose, nearly all had fentanyl in their urine. When asked, roughly half of the patients did not know they had taken fentanyl.
The study was published this month in Clinical Toxicology journal.VIEW SOURCE:The Telegram