ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in a North Carolina city have issued a warning for a dangerous batch of what’s believed to be fentanyl after five suspected overdose deaths in a 48-hour period.
A statement from the Asheville Police Department says it’s seeking information from the public in connection with the five people who died between Jan. 14 and Jan. 16.
Police said the “potentially dangerous batch of suspected fentanyl that may be circulating throughout our community.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever, approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain.
It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the CDC.
Police said anyone seeking help for addiction should call Vaya Health at (800) 849-6127.