44 confirmed fatal overdoses in the county this year, 36 toxicology reports showed fentanyl in the users’ system with no trace of heroin.
He said that there is no way for opiate users to know how much fentanyl is mixed in with heroin that is being purchased.
There were 74 fatal overdoses in the county in 2016, and as of Thursday, there have been 44 so far this year. But pending close to ten toxicology reports that have not been tested yet, this number is expected to be 50 or more.
Fentanyl is more accessible than heroin, because there are senior citizens in Butler who are prescribed fentanyl, which is legal in the United States and is used as pain medication.