Officer John Huebert of the Hillsboro Police Department suspected he had been exposed to fentanyl when testing a drug seized from a residence in Hillsboro on Saturday and went to an ambulance station to be evaluated for his condition. According to Hillsboro Police Chief Jessey Hiebert, everything worked out fine for Huebert, who admitted to feeling “weird” during a field test at the police station when he tested a powder item.
Hiebert added, “He went and hung around and he felt better.” “It didn’t really matter.” An opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid. It is frequently administered to those who suffer from chronic or severe pain.
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Fentanyl is a powerful painkiller that can be bought legally from a pharmacist, but it is also available illegally. Illicit fentanyl is more powerful than regulated fentanyl, according to Hiebert, and it’s being sold illegally. He claimed that it is being shipped to the United States.
An overdose on fentanyl can be fatal with a dose of as little as 2 milligrams. Fentanyl concentrations of up to 5.1 milligrams per tablet have been identified in counterfeit medications. Hiebert noted that fentanyl is often found in illegal heroin.
fentanyl contamination of illegal narcotics is a big issue, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Given its potency and inexpensive cost, it is frequently found in heroin, meth, and cocaine-snorting mixtures. As a result, the risk of a deadly reaction increases. The amount of seizures of fentanyl by local law enforcement agencies has increased, according to Undersheriff Larry Starkey.
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Opioid overdose deaths jumped 38.1% between 2020 and 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control. However, deaths from synthetic opioid overdoses, such as illicitly made fentanyl, surged 55.6% during the same period. Opioid overdose can be treated with medication. In the event of an opioid overdose, naloxone, sold under the trade name Narcan, can be used to restore normal breathing. Narcan can be purchased without a prescription. There are two Narcan-stocked pharmacies in Peabody: Hillsboro Hometown Pharmacy and the CK Pharmacy. Talk to a pharmacist to get your hands on it.