The Real Story: New and deadly threat to heroin users

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HARTFORD - There is a new threat to heroin users that is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine. Al and Jenn discuss W-18 with their guest, Dr. Craig Allen, Medical Director at Rushford Addiction Treatment Services.

The additive W-18 is reportedly popping up in parts of New England. It looks like heroin or fentanyl. It is a white powder, but it is 100 times more potent than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Fentanyl is an opioid that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin.

It is similar to drugs used to tranquilize large animals like bears and elephants.

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