What You Need to Know About Fentanyl-Laced Heroin - Project Know 


Mixing fentanyl with heroin amplifies the potency of both drugs. Once injected, smoked, or snorted, the killer heroin creates a frighteningly powerful high. Since heroin and fentanyl both have depressant effects, users feel exaggerated drowsiness, nausea, confusion, sedation and, in extreme instances, unconsciousness, .. 

A string of deaths in Melbourne are believed connected to the extremely dangerous "drop dead" drug fueling the worst opioid crisis in United States history. 

The 10 overdoses, involving a suspected mix of heroin and fentanyl, are thought to be the first deaths attributed to the concoction outside of North America, where last year drugs killed more than 60,000 people.


  “While the media tend to emphasize heroin or fentanyl as the ‘primary’ drug problem, it is clear from our research that the users of these drugs tend to use many other drugs,” said Dr. Eric Wish, Principal Investigator of NDEWS and Director of UMD’s Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR). “To be effective, treatment must focus on each person’s total drug problem, rather than on a single drug. 

According to data from the most recent Emerging Threat Report, there were 344 identifications of opioids in drug evidence analyzed by the DEA’s laboratory system in the third quarter of 2017. Of these opioid identifications, nearly two-thirds (64%) were identified as fentanyl, either as the only controlled substance (44% of the 219 fentanyl identifications), in combination with heroin (45%), or in combination with other controlled substances (11%; data not shown). The DEA Emerging Threat Reports can be found on the NDEWS website at: https://ndews.umd.edu/resources/dea-emerging-threatreports.

Herschel Baker

Drug Free Australia

Director Queensland


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