Aside from the opiate epidemic, which has kept emergency room doctors on high alert for years, doctors are also seeing more patients coming in after taking synthetic drugs.
“These are sometimes sold in convenience stores where kids can just buy them, basically behind the counter,” UW Health emergency room physician Dr. Aaron Kraut says. 27 News recently reported that the state is cracking down on the issue as attorneys pursue a handful of cases, including a lawsuit filed earlier this month against a Madison convenience store owner. “Every year there would be two or three deaths, presumably linked to those synthetic agents,” Dr. Kraut says. Doctors say their biggest concern regarding synthetic drugs is the substance fentanyl, which is often added to heroin to make it even stronger. Because doctors do not know what exactly is contained in every drug, patient’s reactions vary widely in severity.
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