NEW YORK – Drug overdoses are expected to kill more than a thousand New Yorkers before the end of the year.
It would be the first time in city history that number reached a thousand.
The city Health Department says nearly half of drug deaths in the city since July have been attributed to fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid frequently mixed with heroin to increase its potency.
Fentanyl can be prescribed by doctors to treat cancer pain.
It is also used during surgeries. Even small doses can be fatal.