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‘People are dying’: New campaign launched amid rise in fentanyl deaths – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-08-02 19:30:41 –

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — With the rise of illegal fentanyl, drug-related overdose and death have reached fatal levels in Oregon.

Crystal Long is a self-proclaimed former fentanyl addict. Long said he had succeeded in a court-order recovery program after fighting addiction for several years. Now that she’s been clean for 18 months, she uses her voice to warn others about substances that she says she’s almost killed.

“People are dying. Fentanyl has killed five close friends in the last few years because they didn’t know what they had,” she said. I left the children behind, “he added.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid analgesic that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine, and its use is increasing according to the CDC. In Oregon alone, overdose deaths increased by about 70% between 2019 and 2020.

Meanwhile, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new campaign called “One Pill Can Kill” to highlight the dangers of fentanyl.

“Fentanyl only takes 2 milligrams to kill someone, which is a very small amount,” WSCOSgt said. Danny Dipietro said. “It fits on the tip of a pencil, so you don’t know what you’re getting, and if that fake pill happens to be mixed with a high dose of fentanyl, literally one pill kills I can.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, the alcohol and drug helpline can provide resources and support at 800-923-4357. NS Oregon Health Department also has resources About using naloxone (also known as Nalcan) to save someone from an overdose of opioids.

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