How Fentanyl Became America's Leading Cause of Overdose Deaths

Article from ReachMD

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According to ReachMD, "the leading cause of drug overdoses in America is no longer cocaine, meth, or even heroin or common opioid painkillers like Percocet and OxyContin. It’s synthetic opioids like fentanyl and its analogs." Fentanyl has made America's opioid epidemic the deadliest drug overdose crisis in history.

In this article, ReachMD answers the questions: So what exactly is fentanyl? And why is this drug, which has been around as medicine for decades, popping up as a big cause of death now?