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Dec. 13, 2022, 2:07 PM

Covid-19 Paved the Way for the Opioid Crisis’s Deadliest Phase

Danielle Balbi

Big Take: Fentanyl-Laced Opioids, Drugs Are Killing Thousands of Americans

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Just two milligrams of fentanyl, equal to a few grains of salt, can cause a fatal overdose. The pandemic paved the way for its ascent, and the cheap, abundant street drug is now making its way into cocaine, black-market Adderall, methamphetamine, marijuana and other substances. It’s led to a surge in overdose deaths, bringing on the the most dangerous phase yet in the US’s decades-long opioid epidemic.

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