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Big Number


As of July 31, that was the number of people in Charlotte-Mecklenburg who died this year from suspected drug overdoses.

Police said 37% of those deaths were related to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50-100 times stronger than morphine.

At a press conference Wednesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said fentanyl is often used to lace recreational drugs such as marijuana.

In some cases, the police said, even drug dealers don’t know their weed is laced with the highly addictive fentanyl.

“It’s like playing Russian roulette,” said Mary Ward, president of McLeod Addictive Disease Center in Charlotte.

Ward said it’s important for parents to know what their kids are doing and talk to them about the deadly drug.


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