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Chicago Police arrest 33 people tied to spike in deaths from fentanyl-laced heroin

Sep 26, 2016

This article originally appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Chicago Police have arrested 33 people in connection with a huge spike in deaths from fentanyl-laced heroin this year, authorities said Friday.

Fentanyl manufactured in China is up to 50 times more potent than heroin. It’s mixed with heroin and marketed to users looking for a bigger high.

Gang members, particularly on the West Side, have been pushing the combination. So far this year, at least 273 people have died of fentanyl compared with 102 such deaths in 2015 in Cook County, according to the medical examiner’s office.

On Friday, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie…

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