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Fentanyl-related overdose deaths spike in metro areas


August 19, 2021

Investigators with the Drug Enforcement Administration Omaha Division, Lincoln Police Department, Omaha Police Department and Nebraska State Patrol are alerting the public to an increase in overdose deaths that began Aug. 10, from fentanyl-laced drugs.

No less than eight overdose deaths and 21 overdoses have been reported between the two cities over the course of a six day span.

A majority of the recent overdose deaths in Lincoln and Omaha involved cocaine laced with fentanyl. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. A lethal dose of fentanyl is equ...

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