It’s no surprise that heroin is a deadly drug with devastating side effects, but addicts in Cleveland are taking even greater risks by lacing it with fentanyl, a powerful narcotic pain killer that is up to 80 times more powerful than morphine.
Law enforcement and the medical community issued a public warning after two fatal overdoses related to heroin laced with fentanyl. They believe at least five more nonfatal overdoses were caused by this dangerous drug cocktail.
Police are involved in a massive search to find the source of the fentanyl-laced heroin, which is being called “China White” by dealers and addicts.
Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Deputies and Cleveland Police have already arrested Ralph Torres, Rafael Rivera-Torres II, Angel David in connection with the drug, and have many more in their sights. These men face manslaughter charges and are currently being held on $500,000 bond.
Fentanyl, which is often used to treat chronic pain in cancer patients, or as an anesthetic during major surgery, first showed up in inner cities and is directly responsible for the deaths of over 80 people along the East Cost and throughout the Midwest within recent months.