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Poloncarz: Don't turn to cocaine amid coronavirus crisis

Cocaine overdoses and deaths have spiked in Erie County over the last two weeks, according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz at Wednesday evening’s press conference regarding the spread of COVID-19.

Poloncarz said that many people believe there is no harm in cocaine, due to the recreational nature of the drug, but added that most overdoses were from cocaine laced with fentanyl, which is more addictive because it is opioid-based.

“Your body’s not used to (fentanyl) if all you’ve ever done before is cocaine,” Poloncarz said. “This is not a way to relieve your stress by going to cocaine.”

He said many people thought they were just doing cocaine, rather than the hybrid of cocaine and fentanyl. He also reminded people that the Erie County addiction hotline is available 24/7 at 831-7007.

-Adam Duke

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