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Sen. Markey: Prince’s death highlights fentanyl issue

June 3, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey says Prince’s death from an accidental fentanyl overdose highlights the need to stop the synthetic painkiller from being smuggled into the country.

The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1r5Q5ua ) that Markey spoke at a meeting Friday with federal drug enforcement and border protection officials in Boston.

Markey said 754 Massachusetts residents died from fentanyl-related overdoses last year. That number accounted for more than half of all opioid-related deaths in the state.

He said the U.S. should demand that China, Mexico and other countries crack down on drug cartels and other groups that illegally produce fentanyl and smuggle it into the country.

Markey said the issue should be a priority when the U.S. is negotiating with foreign leaders.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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