Riley County: 2 recent deaths likely caused by fentanyl


Riley County police say a second death in Manhattan this month likely was caused by fentanyl found in heroin.

The department says a 35-year-old Manhattan man was found dead on Tuesday. A 50-year-old man who was taken to a hospital on March 5 later died.

And on March 2, a 27-year-old Emporia man was treated and released at a hospital in a drug-related case.

The police department issued a news release this week to draw attention to the dangers of the drug.

WIBW reports police say the fentanyl laced heroin is relatively new to Riley County. But statistics from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation says the recent spike is part of a statewide problem.

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