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In Prince George's County, Md., every first responder carries naloxone, the drug that can reverse an opioid overdose.

"We carry it in our first-in bags," says Bryan Spies, the county's battalion chief in charge of emergency services. "So whenever we arrive at a patient's side, it's in the bag, along with things like glucose, aspirin and oxygen."

In late May, several senators went to the floor of the Senate to talk about people in their states who are affected by the opioid crisis. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., talked about Chelsea Carter.

"She told me her drug habit began when she was 12 years old," said Capito.

In the day room at St. Ann's Corner of Harm Reduction, which runs a needle exchange program in the Bronx, a group of guys are playing dominoes and listening to salsa music while they wait for lunch. And Van Asher, one of the staffers in charge of "transactions" — that means he gives out needles — is talking up his latest idea for how to keep the users here safe.

He wants to tell them what's really in their stash.

"If you're doing dope," he says to one client, "we'll give you a test strip so you can test and see if there's fentanyl."

There's a clear culprit in the rising drug overdose death count in Massachusetts, but it's not heroin. It's the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

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Doctors will only be able to prescribe Kentuckians a three-day supply of opioid painkillers under House Bill 333, which now awaits the governor’s signature.

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Doctors would only be able to prescribe three days’ worth of pain killers under a bill that passed out of a legislative committee in Frankfort on Wednesday. The legislation would also increase penalties for trafficking fentanyl and other synthetic opioid drugs.

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The Kentucky Senate has voted to make all trafficking in heroin or Fentanyl Class C felonies. Proponents hope the change would result in fewer overdose deaths.

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  Federal prosecutors in Kentucky say the leader of a drug trafficking ring has been sentenced to life in prison for distributing fentanyl that led to an overdose death.

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says he will advocate for two drug-related measures when the legislature convenes next month.

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Kentucky lawmakers will be asked to further strengthen laws to combat the state’s heroin problem. Often labeled an epidemic with the large number of overdose deaths, the pre-filed legislation creates penalties for dealers of fentanyl, carfentanil, and other designer drugs.

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