Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. Now, it is the most commonly used drug in overdoses: about 30 percent of overdoses in 2016 involved fentanyl. In 2016, the rate of overdoses involving fentanyl was 12 times larger than it was in 2013.
Gillian Brassil has been reporting for as long as she can remember. She is pursuing her M.A. in Journalism while finishing her B.A. in Communication with a minor in Creative Writing at Stanford. Most recently, Gillian has been experimenting with different forms of journalism at CNBC. Gillian is eager to continue writing, filming and photographing important stories to make the world a well informed and connected place. In her free time, she competes for Stanford's varsity synchronized swimming team, serves as a peer advisor for the Communication department, edits for The Stanford Daily and hosts a news hour on KZSU.