A pain reliever medication, which is said to be 100 times more potent than heroin, has caused more than 40 overdoses and at least 10 deaths in a 12-day period in the Sacramento area. Opioids usually prescribed to patients with cancer and to treat chronic pain. Medication to relieve deadly pain is sold on the street, while Norco, a less potent opioid, is $ 3 to $ 5 per pill. Natasha Butler said her 28-year-old son, Jerome, died recently after buying the drug from someone who thought it was Norco.
The pain-relieving drug is also mixed with heroin to increase its power and is sometimes sold as heroin, which users are more likely to die from pain-relieving drugs. The number of people in Sacramento County who became ill after an overdose of disguised pills. Fentanyl increased to 48, according to the health department. Of the 48 sick people, nine died in Sacramento County and one died in Yolo County, said the Sacramento Ministry of Health and Social Services. Although there were no deaths in San Joaquin County, four people received an overdose of disguised pills.
An equal number of men and women, aged 16 to 67, suffered an overdose of counterfeit pills with fentanyl, the department said. Initial reports arrived on March 24 to report overdoses related to what was thought to be Norco pills bought on the street. However, it was later discovered that the pills were actually known as an opioid fentanyl name to resemble Norcotable, according to toxicology reports. It is estimated that fentanyl is 80 times more potent than morphine and hundreds of times more potent than heroin.\