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What Is Fentanyl? A look at a deadly drug

Five overdoses in Booneville linked to the deadly drug have officials and others worried

Posted: Jun 19, 2019 9:12 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2019 9:15 AM

BOONEVILLE, Miss (WTVA) -- Jamie Richey runs a facility in Mantachie known as Extra Mile Recovery.

We asked him about the highly-dangerous drug fentanyl, which caused two deaths and put three people in the hospital in Booneville.

Richey, an admitted ex-heroin addict himself, said the drug is making its way onto the streets of north Mississippi by way of black market internet sales.

He says the drug is so potent that a mere microscopic amount can cause an overdose and take a person's life.

"Fentanyl will kill you. You can be doing it and not even know it. That's the scary part about it," Richey said. 

Richey says he lost a potential patient to the drug the night before he agreed to an interview with WTVA.

He urges anyone with drug problems to seek help immediately.

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