Death toll from tainted cocaine rising across the country

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The powerful opioid fentanyl is often mixed into cocaine, turning the stimulant into a much bigger killer than the drug of the past. Cocaine-related overdoses took the lives of nearly 14,000 Americans in 2017, up 34 percent in just a year, the latest federal figures show. And they’re expected to soar even higher as cocaine’s popularity resurges.

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