Police officers and EMS personnel are being tested for a new type of fentanyl drug that could be used to treat a growing epidemic of opioid overdoses.
The drug, called fentanyl diacetyl, is being tested at several hospitals and medical facilities across Houston.
Officials say that the drug is not yet FDA-approved for the treatment of opioid overdose, but they are working with the state to get the drug approved for that purpose.
Officials from the Texas Department of State Health Services say that they are currently evaluating the drug’s safety.
Officials have not yet confirmed the exact number of deaths linked to fentanyl overdoses, but officials say the number is increasing daily.
Officials say that there are more than 200 cases of overdoses and nearly a dozen deaths associated with the drug.
Officials also say that drug use has risen in Texas.
Fentanyl has been linked to a variety of drug overdoses, including those linked to heroin and cocaine, and to overdoses of other opioids, including oxycodone and hydrocodone.
The new drug is believed to be linked to the deaths of an Ohio woman, who died of an overdose after using a syringe that had fentanyl in it.
Officials are not yet saying how the drug came into contact with the woman.
A recent study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that about 1,800 people have died from fentanyl overdoses in the United States since 2010.
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