Health and Wellness

Lane wrestles with fentanyl epidemic

Medical supplies used at the HIV Alliances syringe exchange pop-ups, where Narcan and Fentanyl test strips are available for public use.

Fentanyl is here, in Lane County. The drug is just one deadly element of a national opioid and drug overdose epidemic. The Springfield Police Department responded to nearly 75 fentanyl-related overdoses between January and April. And Lt. George Crolley with the Operations Support Division estimates there was an equal amount of unreported cases, too. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin, cheaper, easier to manufacture, and . . .