SACRAMENTO, Cali. (KCRA) – Five people have died and 15 more have become sick in the past five days in Sacramento County as a result of overdoses related to Norco painkillers bought on the street, health officials said Monday.
The Sacramento County Division of Public Health said it began receiving reports Thursday from local hospitals that the tablets may be contaminated with fentanyl, which is estimated to be 80 times as potent as morphine and hundreds of times more potent than heroin.
“It comes in and hits hard with a punch right away, and very intensely,” said Jon Daily, founder of the drug abuse center Recovery Happens. “People increasingly want a stronger dose over time, and that’s why the appeal would be there.”
However, the four-day surge in overdoses is unprecedented.
“I’ve never seen it in my career,” Daily said. “With any substance.”
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