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3 dead in NC from dangerous new mix of synthetic heroin

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - A dangerous mix of synthetic heroin is making its way into North Carolina.

3 people died in Sampson, Person and Transylvania counties.
     
The drug is known as acetyl fentanyl.

Health officials say it's an illegal drug becoming a very serious public threat. It's 5 times more potent than heroin and not available by prescription in the U.S.

"What makes this more harmful than normal is it's a much stronger version and it's easier to OD on because you're not used to the potency of this type of drug," said Lt. Chad Suggs, Pitt County Sheriff's Office.

Pitt County detectives say they've seen a spike in heroin use over the past few years. They're currently investigating three overdose deaths to determine if they're connected to the acetyl fentanyl.
     
It's also appeared in 3 other states.
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