New studies find that RI heroin users are desperate to avoid fentanyl, but it’s killing more of them every year

June 7, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Fentanyl, a highly potent prescription opioid, has Rhode Island drug users on high alert. But despite widespread aversion, fentanyl now causes the majority of the state’s drug overdose deaths.

These bleak findings by teams of Brown University researchers appear in two studies published in the International Journal of Drug Policy. They underscore the urgency of combatting the misuse of fentanyl and undermine a common perception that many users court the drug for its potency. READ MORE