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Shots - Health News
2:51 pm
Wed August 26, 2015

How The Prescription Painkiller Fentanyl Became A Street Drug

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, has been used for decades as a painkiller in the operating room.
Joe Amon The Denver Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 26, 2015 3:11 pm

If you've ever had surgery, you may have been given an analgesic named fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a favored painkiller because it acts fast. But it's also 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine. The powerful drug has made its way to the streets and increasingly is being used to cut heroin — resulting in a deadly combination.

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Shots - Health News
2:41 pm
Wed August 26, 2015

Illicit Version Of Painkiller Fentanyl Makes Heroin Deadlier

Heroin sold in the U.S., like this dose confiscated in Alabama last fall, is often cut with other drugs.
Tamika Moore AL.com/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 26, 2015 7:14 pm

Angelo Alonzo, a resident of Portland, Maine, says he nearly died last month after injecting what he believed to be a safe dose of heroin — the same amount he's taken before. But this time, he says, the drug knocked him to his knees.

"An amount that usually gives me a good mellow high was just way too much," he says, "and I woke up in the shower and I was cold. And I didn't put myself there."

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NPR Ed
2:03 pm
Wed August 26, 2015

Knock Knock, Teacher's Here: The Power Of Home Visits

LA Johnson NPR

Originally published on Wed August 26, 2015 7:14 pm

Ninety percent of students at Hobgood Elementary in Murfreesboro, Tenn., come from low-income households. Most of the school's teachers don't. And that's a challenge, says principal Tammy Garrett.

"If you only know middle-class families, you may not understand at times why they don't have their homework or why they're tired," Garrett says.

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The Two-Way
1:47 pm
Wed August 26, 2015

Amelia Boynton Robinson, Survivor Of 'Bloody Sunday,' Dies At 104

Amelia Boynton Robinson, a voting rights activist, has died at age 104. She's seen here on Election Night in 2008.
Stacey Wescott MCT /Landov

Amelia Boynton Robinson, who went from being beaten on a bridge in Selma, Ala., in 1965 to being pushed across the bridge in a wheelchair alongside the president of the United States, has died at age 104.

Her daughter, Germaine Bowser, confirmed to Troy Public Radio's Kyle Gassiott that Boynton Robinson died early Wednesday morning. She had been hospitalized after suffering several strokes this summer.

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Movie Interviews
1:33 pm
Wed August 26, 2015

Former Marine Adam Driver On What Acting And The Military Have In Common

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