Clark County first responders are on high alert after the number of opioid-drug overdoses more than doubled in a 24-hour period.
County health officials say there were at least 16 known overdoses -- that’s at least one per hour. But that number is likely an undercount.
The county coroner suspects synthetic fentanyl, which often looks similar to heroin, is to blame in most of the overdose cases.
The high-potency narcotic is known to be up to 50 times stronger than heroin, and up to 100 times more potent than morphine.