Counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl tied to overdose spike

Medical examiner issues warning

DANGER— In 2019, there were 33 accidental fentanyl overdoses in Ventura County. That number more than doubled in 2020, rising to 87. So far this year, from January to June, 69 accidental fentanyl overdoses have been tallied.

A recent report from the Ventura County medical examiner’s office says that fentanyl, an extremely powerful synthetic opioid, is fueling an increase in local drug overdoses.

“ We really haven’t seen fentanyl in our county to the extent that it is currently present,” Ch...

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