Deadly fentanyl strikes Philly burbs

If you're into heroin, morphine, oxy, etc., now might be the time to quit. Delaware County authorities say there's a batch of the powerful painkiller Fentanyl going around that recently caused two fatal overdoses and has also surfaced elsewhere in the state.

The local version that authorities are seeing comes in a small package stamped "Flashback" with red ink. I hesitate to say that, because some opiate addicts will hear that and actually seek out the drug, thinking it might result in a better high.

Here's a better idea. Kick the habit. Now.

Promising new medications and treatments are available, including Vivitrol, which blocks the effects of heroin by binding to opioid receptors in the brain. You may even be able to get it for free though the University of Pennsylvania, which is conducting addiction studies. If you want more information, email me at benderw@phillynews.com.

“We are very concerned about the deadly consequences we are seeing from Fentanyl here in Delaware County,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan. “Even minimal use can result in death. When consuming illegal street drugs, you always risk the chance of death from an uncontrolled and unknown substance.”

which blocks the effects of heroin by binding to opioid receptors in the brain

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