Opioid Crisis Reverberates in Utah, Illinois and Beyond

Front-page stories in the Deseret News and Chicago Sun-Times

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Over the weekend, The Deseret News launched a series about “Utah’s opioid epidemic” with a Sunday front-page look at the rise and fall of Aaron Shamo. The twentysomething former Bitcoin trader is accused of using AlphaBay, a portion of the internet’s so-called darknet, to peddle fentanyl-laced pills. Fentanyl, developed in the 1960s as a treatment for cancer-patient pain, is considered 100 times more powerful than morphine.

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