Arizona Agencies Warn of Fentanyl Found in Cocaine

A string of recent overdoses, including one death, prompted the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, along with other public safety agencies, to issue a warning regarding fentanyl found in cocaine.

"While fentanyl contamination in other drugs isn't new, anytime a new cluster of overdoses occurs, we need to make sure our communities are aware and on heightened alert," said the center's director Steve Dudley, PharmD, an instructor in the College of Pharmacy. "We want to make sure unsuspecting individuals are aware as they are not expecting nor prepared to be exposed to fentanyl."

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