Advisory : Massachusetts Had 2nd Highest Seizure of Fentanyl 

drugsalcoholBOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts had the second highest number of seizures of the powerful narcotic fentanyl of any state in 2014.

That’s according to a new advisory by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Drug Enforcement Administration looking at increases in fentanyl confiscations and overdose fatalities related to the drug.

Fentanyl is a synthetic and short-acting opioid analgesic and is 50-100 times more potent than morphine. It’s sometimes mixed with heroin or cocaine.

The advisory found there were 630 reported seizures of the drug in Massachusetts last year, second only to Ohio with more than 1,200.

Attorney General Maura Healey pointed to the CDC advisory as she called on state lawmakers to give final approval to a bill that would create the new state crime of trafficking in fentanyl for amounts greater than 10 grams.

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