This isn't something new, but Fentanyl becoming accessible via the web from china has made the problem exponentially worse. One first class envelope full of fentanyl from china shipped through Columbus, Ohio contains enough Fentanyl to get 50,000 (!) people high, and potentially kill them. The problem is supposedly still in its early days, so I figured there should be a thread dedicated to it. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-...-adds-a-new-terror-for-people-abusing-opioids Spoiler There's a clear culprit in the rising drug overdose death count in Massachusetts, but it's not heroin. It's the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Seventy-five percent of the state's men and women who died after an unintentional overdose last year had fentanyl in their system, up from 57 percent in 2015. It's a pattern cities and towns are seeing across the state and across the country, particularly in New England and the Rust Belt states. Fentanyl may be especially lethal because it's strong, it's mixed with other drugs in varying amounts unknown to the user, and it can trigger an overdose within seconds. "It happens so fast, like instantly, as soon as you do the shot," says Allyson, a 37-year-old woman who started using heroin in her late teens. "In the past, it [an overdose] was something that you saw happening, like, you could see the person start to slow down, their color would start to turn blue, and then they would go out, within 10 minutes or so," Allyson says. With fentanyl, there's no progression. "Now it's instant," she says.