For the first time, the TBI has found deadly fentanyl in cocaine, and investigators are worried

For the first time, the TBI has found deadly fentanyl in cocaine, and investigators are worried

October 20th, 2017 by The Tennessean in Breaking News

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For the first time, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation scientists have detected fentanyl, a potentially deadly narcotic, mixed in with samples of cocaine. 

Scientists in Nashville and Knoxville recently found fentanyl in three cocaine samples, according to T.J. Jordan, assistant director at the TBI.. The discovery points to the continuation of a disturbing trend.

Drug dealers have use small amounts of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, to "cut" heroin and other opioids for years. Finding fentanyl in cocaine, largely considered a party drug, "changes the game," Jordan said.

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