Fentanyl warning issued following rash of overdose deaths

The B.C. Coroners Service has issued a public warning following more than a dozen deaths in the Fraser Valley region related to the powerful synthetic opiate fentanyl.

A statement from the coroners service released Wednesday stated that drug users may be unknowingly ingesting fentanyl instead of oxycodone or heroin.

The danger appears particularly acute in the areas covered by the Fraser Health Authority, including Surrey, Langley, Coquitlam and Maple Ridge.

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