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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Federal Authorities in Chicago Fight Back Against Rise in Fetanyl Overdoses

From chicagotribune.com: In a blow meant to disrupt drug sales in a South Side housing complex at the center of Chicago's fentanyl crisis, federal authorities on Wednesday lodged conspiracy charges against 47 members and associates of the street gang that controls narcotics sales there.

Cook County Medical Examiner Edmund Donoghue on Wednesday said fentanyl has been discovered in the blood of 87 overdose victims who have died since spring 2005. As toxicology reports are completed on overdose deaths, the number of fatalities linked to fentanyl continues to grow.

"We felt an obligation to get out and do what we could to get this fentanyl off the street," said Tim Ogden, associate special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Chicago field office. The DEA has also been investigating how much fentanyl is being manufactured in illegal laboratories. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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