Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024
Warning Issued by NY Health Department Regarding Dangerous Drug Combination

The New York State Department of Health recently issued a public health alert warning residents of a dangerous mix of substances found in the Central New York area. The alert was prompted by the discovery of a combination of fentanyl, xylazine, and trace amounts of heroin and carfentanil in samples labeled “Super Mario.” Carfentanil is an extremely potent drug that is considered to be up to 100 times stronger than fentanyl.

According to the state Department of Health, the dangerous substance has been linked to severe wounds requiring emergency department care within 2-3 weeks of use. The department is urging New Yorkers to exercise caution with any unregulated substance, regardless of its label or packaging. In May, Monroe County recorded 124 overdoses, with six potentially leading to fatalities due to overdose.

Emily Barnes is the New York State Team consumer advocate reporter for the USA TODAY Network. She can be contacted at or on Twitter @byemilybarnes.

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