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HICKORY, NC - Acetyl fentanyl is an analog of the cancer drug fentanyl. It has been connected to the overdose deaths of numerous people in the northeast, and now North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services has credited the drug with three deaths since January.

The deaths occurred in Transylvania, Sampson and Person counties. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the drug can have a potency that is five time higher than heroin.

While Catawba Valley law enforcement officials have not had much experience with acetyl fentanyl, they are noticing another rising threat.

Lt. Jason Beebe, Catawba County Sheriff's Department, commented, "Anywhere from about 12 to 18 months ago, we've started seeing an influx of heroin being reintroduced to portions of Catawba County."

According to Kyle Smith, assistant district attorney, 25th Judicial District, heroin is making its way into the region from the south.

"It seems like there is a supply network that's coming from Charlotte," said Smith. "It seems like it's coming into Maiden and making its way throughout the county."

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