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When it comes to killing people in Chicago, bullets have some competition from a deadly designer drug called Acryl fentanyl.

Laced with heroin or cocaine, it has already killed 44 people in the nation’s third largest city and its suburbs through April 8 — a huge jump from the seven fatal overdoses last year, the Cook County Medical Examiner reported Monday.

And the number of Acryl fentanyl deaths this year could actually be higher because toxicology results in some fatal overdose deaths have not been completed, the ME’s office said.

What makes this fentanyl derivative even more dangerous is that it is more resistant to the overdose antidote naloxone, better known by the trade name Narcan.

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Image: Acryl fentanyl Bags of the powdered form of Acryl fentanyl. DEA

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Click link below for article and video:

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/americas-heroin-epidemic/fentanyl-crisis-chicago-sees-surge-deaths-new-designer-drug-n756351

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