Sammarco met with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, at her office in Corryville to talk about the epidemic and issue another dire warning about synthetic opioids now infiltrating more and more street drugs.
So far this year, there have been nearly 300 overdose deaths. In all of last year, there were 403 deaths, and 342 of them involved at least one kind of opiate.
Sammarco's office has found fentanyl and carfentanil, two opioids shipped to the United States from overseas, in cocaine and marijuana, she said. The synthetic drugs are many times more powerful than heroin.
Federal agents arrested a man and woman last week, alleging they'd smuggled fentanyl into the Tri-State and then mailed it to customers. Portman said the amount of fentanyl they're accused of having -- 3.5 kilograms -- could kill "a million people."
"You're playing Russian roulette with your life every time you use a street drug, because you don't know what's in it," he said.
Portman has worked on legislation to bring more federal resources to the opioid epidemic, and it's just now being implemented.