Ohio coroner: ‘Now we have observed fentanyl blended with marijuana’



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CINCINNATI, OH (WLWT) —- Artificial opiates like fentanyl were present in marijuana, Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco showed to NBC associate WLWT-TV Monday.

Fentanyl, a drug 50 to 100 instances extra robust than morphine, has been related to a surge of deadly overdoses around the county. It’s been appearing up in different medication around the space.

“Now we have observed fentanyl blended with cocaine, we’ve got additionally observed fentanyl blended with marijuana,” Sammarco mentioned all over a joint press convention with Sen. Rob Portman.

Sammarco mentioned that there have already been 297 deaths in Hamilton County this 12 months brought about by way of suspected opioid overdose, in comparison to 403 showed deaths in all of 2016.

She didn’t specify what number of instances concerned marijuana blended with a man-made opiate.

“Necessarily, the message we’ve attempted to get in the market, is if you’re the use of any type of boulevard medication, rely on them having some type of artificial opioid jumbled together,” Samarco mentioned.

Samarco added that it’s just about unimaginable to inform which medication are blended with a man-made opiate.

“We will’t inform you evidently till we check the blood of anyone who has died or any of the medication seized by way of legislation enforcement,” she added.

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