A Chronic Pain Treatment drug said to be 100 times more potent than heroin has caused more than 40 overdoses and at least 10 deaths within a 12-day span in the Sacramento area.Health officials are warning people to watch out for counterfeit pills containing Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate usually prescribed to cancer patients and used to treat chronic pain.
The deadly Chronic Pain Treatment drug is being sold on the street as Norco, a less potent opiate, and runs from $3 to $5 a pill. Natasha Butler says her 28-year-old son Jerome recently died after buying the Chronic Pain Treatment drug from someone thinking that it was Norco.“It shut down his organs. It shut down his kidneys. It shut down his liver. His brain was swollen. The doctor said he said there was nothing he could do for him. From one pill,” Butler said.According to DEA agent John Martin, the Chronic Pain Treatment drug is being smuggled into U.S. from China and Mexico.