Manitowoc officials warn of fentanyl drug abuse

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 --- 9:07 a.m.

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- Health and law enforcement officials in the Manitowoc area are warning of the dangers of abusing a lesser-known narcotic called fentanyl.

An HTR Media report says fentanyl is a pain medication. It's often administered through a patch on the skin.

Local police have begun seeing deaths associated with the drug. However, they say heroin is still abused more often because it's easier to obtain.

A 39-year-old who died in February had three time the therapeutic range of fentanyl in his system. Another man who had chewed a fentanyl patch was found dead in an apartment in 2010.

Lt. Dave Remiker of the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit says fentanyl is one of the most dangerous of all prescription medications. And doctors say it's more potent than morphine and oxycodone.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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