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County Health Department Issues Public Health Alert of Dangerous Drug Found in CNY – Considered 100 Times Stronger Than Fentanyl


The Cortland County Health Department has issued a public health alert regarding a potent drug that has been found in drug samples taken in the Central New York Regions. The drug is considered to be 100 times stronger than fentanyl.

“The New York State Department of Health has issued a Public Health Alert after the Department’s Drug Checking Program community partner, ACR Health, detected a dangerous mix of substances identified in the Central New York area. Two samples were tested from bags labeled “Super Mario” and were found to have a combination of fentanyl, xylazine, and trace amounts of heroin and carfentanil – a potent drug considered to be up to 100 times stronger than fentanyl.”

The County Health Department said in a release.

The Health Department says users reported the substance “knocking them out” and the sample has reportedly been linked to severe wounds treated in the ER. Wounds were said to have been developed within 2 to 3 weeks from the use of the drug. 

The use of the substances are said to increase an individual’s risk of an overdose, long periods of sedation, prolonged respiratory suppression, and possible skin lesions. 

Persons who use drugs should practice harm reduction strategies such as testing substances before use, not being alone during time of use, and having naloxone available, the NY Department of Health says in a release.

More information on the resources available may be found at Health.NY.Gov.

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