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Acetyl fentanyl overdose fatalities--Rhode Island, March-May 2013.
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2013 Aug 30; 62(34):703-4.MM

Abstract

In May 2013, the Rhode Island State Health Laboratories noticed an unusual pattern of toxicology results among 10 overdose deaths of suspected illicit drug users that had occurred during March 7-April 11, 2013. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for fentanyl in blood was positive for fentanyl in all 10 cases, but confirmatory gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) did not detect fentanyl. The mass spectrum was instead consistent with acetyl fentanyl, a fentanyl analog. Acetyl fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, has not been documented in illicit drug use or overdose deaths, and is not available as a prescription drug anywhere. Animal studies suggest that acetyl fentanyl is up to five times more potent than heroin as an analgesic.

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eng

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23985500

Citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "Acetyl Fentanyl Overdose fatalities--Rhode Island, March-May 2013." MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, vol. 62, no. 34, 2013, pp. 703-4.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Acetyl fentanyl overdose fatalities--Rhode Island, March-May 2013. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2013;62(34):703-4.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2013). Acetyl fentanyl overdose fatalities--Rhode Island, March-May 2013. MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 62(34), 703-4.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Acetyl Fentanyl Overdose fatalities--Rhode Island, March-May 2013. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2013 Aug 30;62(34):703-4. PubMed PMID: 23985500.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Acetyl fentanyl overdose fatalities--Rhode Island, March-May 2013. A1 - ,, PY - 2013/8/30/entrez PY - 2013/8/30/pubmed PY - 2013/10/31/medline SP - 703 EP - 4 JF - MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report JO - MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep VL - 62 IS - 34 N2 - In May 2013, the Rhode Island State Health Laboratories noticed an unusual pattern of toxicology results among 10 overdose deaths of suspected illicit drug users that had occurred during March 7-April 11, 2013. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for fentanyl in blood was positive for fentanyl in all 10 cases, but confirmatory gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) did not detect fentanyl. The mass spectrum was instead consistent with acetyl fentanyl, a fentanyl analog. Acetyl fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, has not been documented in illicit drug use or overdose deaths, and is not available as a prescription drug anywhere. Animal studies suggest that acetyl fentanyl is up to five times more potent than heroin as an analgesic. SN - 1545-861X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23985500/Acetyl_fentanyl_overdose_fatalities__Rhode_Island_March_May_2013_ L2 - https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6234a5.htm DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -