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CDC Issues Health Advisory Related to Overdose of Synthetic Opioids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an official health advisory regarding intravenous drug overdose from the injected synthetic opioid, acetyl fentanyl. In the advisory, CDC recommends increased vigilance by public health agencies, emergency departments, state laboratories, medical examiners and coroners for patients exhibiting symptoms of opioid overdose. Since March, Rhode Island has reported 14 deaths related to the injected non-prescription synthetic opioid, which is up to five times more potent than heroin. CDC also has issued recommendations for specific laboratory tests to screen, confirm or rule out fentanyl and its analogs. For additional background information, case definitions and laboratory testing recommendations, visit the CDC Website.