Fentanyl deaths are on the rise in Santa Clara County. Several of these deaths linked to fake pills
Santa Clara County, CA. Fentanyl is a very powerful opioid drug — 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine—and exposure to even small amounts can cause overdose and death. While pharmaceutical fentanyl is approved for treating severe pain, fentanyl is also used in fake pills and in powder form. Many people take these pills thinking they are taking oxycodone, unaware that they may contain lethal doses of fentanyl. Even one pill, a fragment of a pill or one snort can be fatal.