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Educational Presentations on Opiate Epidemic


The Michigan State Police Alpena post will be holding educational presentations as an opportunity for the public to learn about the opiate epidemic, but also to give people a chance to ask questions.

With heroine abuse present in the news for several years, law enforcement agencies are now seeing an increase in the use of Carfentanil, either mixed with heroine or as a stand–alone drug.

Carfentanil is a schedule 2 substance used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large animals. The lethal dose in humans is unknown, but is approximately 100 times more potent than Fentanyl, which can be lethal at the two-milligram range.

Since July 2016, heroin mixed with Carfentanil has caused numerous overdoses in several states. The Michigan State Police is warning residents that the deadly Opioid is now likely circulating Michigan, and one case is currently under investigation in Kent County.

The first two presentations will be held Wednesday, November 16th from 12 to 1:15 pm at the Oscoda County Council on Aging, and later that evening at the Alpena County Library from 6 to 7:15 pm.