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YORK COUNTY, Pa. — The first-known carfentanil-related death has hit York County, according to the coroner’s office.

The initial toxicology testing, which occurred in June, returned negative but after additional testing was done, results showed carfentanil toxicity as the cause of death.

Due to the strength of the synthetic opioid, the coroner’s office is now taking action.

After completing their online training, the staff will be equipped with naloxone, a medication that reverses the effects of opioid overdose, and recommended personal protective equipment.

The release states that carfentanil and any fentanyl-related drug poses a significant threat to law enforcement personnel and other first responders who may come in contact with fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances through routine law enforcement, emergency care, life-saving measures or drug death scenes.