Stronger strains of fentanyl found in Janesville area, police say

JANESVILLES, Wis. - Stronger, more potent strains for fentanyl, a powerful opioid that can be lethal even in tiny amounts, have been found in the Janesville area, according to a release.

Investigators have determined victims are consuming the fentanyl, thinking it is heroin, officials said.

The fentanyl’s potency heightens the risk of overdosing when it is introduced to the body, according to the release.

Fentanyl creates a danger to the victim, as well as to citizens and emergency responders, as fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin, officials said.

These more potent strands of fentanyl have been confirmed resistant to naloxone, the drug that reverses opioid overdoses.

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