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As the number of people who use, and fatally overdose on, heroin has risen in recent years, authorities are seeing the return of an alarming development: heroin that, often unbeknownst to the user, is spiked with fentanyl.
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Monday called heroin a "public health crisis" and urged first responders to help overdose victims by using a counter-agent known as Narcan, which has been used in Prince George's County for years.
A woman and her daughter have been convicted of smuggling kilograms of heroin into the U.S. from Guatemala.
Abuse of heroin is ramping up at such a fast rate, doctors say it's the definition of an epidemic. Health officials in D.C. are trying to respond in turn.
Heroin use is on the rise in Maryland. The state is warning of heroin mixed with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 80 times more powerful than morphine, and perhaps "hundreds of times more powerful than heroin."
Maryland's medical examiner says there have been at least 37 deaths since September in the state from a batch of heroin that is tainted with fentanyl.
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