Heroin addiction in the US has been climbing at an alarming rate over the past decade, but now the health authorities are facing a new crisis.
Fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller said to be a hundred times stronger than heroin, is increasingly turning up on the streets.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Health, more than half of all opioid-related deaths last year involved fentanyl.
Al Jazeera’s Andy Gallacher reports from Lowell, Massachusetts.
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