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Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE -

To the news that a North East-area cou­ple were al­legedly caught with more than two ounces of a rel­a­tively new type of heroin that has been linked to over­doses and deaths, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land State Po­lice. The state po­lice’s Gang En­force­ment Unit found the heroin cut with fen­tanyl, an opi­ate many times more po­tent than mor­phine, dur­ing a bust in Lake­side Mo­bile Home Park last week. MSP of­fi­cials said fen­tanyl-laced heroin is com­monly found in Baltimore and ex­ported to neigh­bor­ing ar­eas where it’s in high de­mand due to its po­tency. The prob­lem is fen­tanyl is linked to a dra­matic in­crease in over­dose deaths across the state and in Ce­cil County. The county saw seven such deaths in 2015 af­ter just one the year prior, and never had more than two in any recorded year. In the first six months of this year, we’ve al­ready seen four fen­tanyl-re­lated deaths. Statewide the to­tal jumped from 340 in all of 2015 to 446 fen­tanyl-re­lated deaths in the first six months this year. This drug is dev­as­tat­ingly lethal, and its pres­ence here is a grow­ing con­cern.

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