Overdose Fatalities From Opioids Hit New Peaks

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Fentanyl remains chief culprit in early 2016 data in several cities, states

Tabs of fentanyl, manufactured to look like prescription pills, at a DEA synthetic drug-testing lab in Sterling, Va. The synthetic opioid has up to 50 times the potency of heroin.
Tabs of fentanyl, manufactured to look like prescription pills, at a DEA synthetic drug-testing lab in Sterling, Va. The synthetic opioid has up to 50 times the potency of heroin.PHOTO: T.J. KIRKPATRICK FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The U.S. opioid crisis shows no sign of retreating as a new year begins, with the latest data from several hart-hit cities and states showing overdose fatalities reaching new peaks, even as authorities scramble to stem the tide.

The synthetic opioid fentanyl, which has up to 50 times the potency of heroin, remains the chief culprit driving more fatalities, according to medical examiners and health and law-enforcement authorities in abuse hot spots like Ohio, Maryland and New England.

While federal data for 2015 deaths came out…

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