Deadly opioids stolen from Alaska clinic

Prescription drugs were stolen from a SEARHC clinic in Haines, Alaska last week, according to a report from KTOO Public Media.

The break-in reportedly happened between the clinic's closing March 16 and the clinic's opening March 17. Among the drugs stolen were a variety of opioid pain medications, including codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and the highly potent synthetic opioid fentanyl. The exact amount of the drugs taken was not disclosed, according to the report.

Fentanyl is 50-times more potent than morphine and has been linked to rising rates of overdose deaths across the country. The Haines Police Department has warned emergency first responders about the possible increase in opioid-related incidents in the community due to the theft, according to the report.

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