“New research suggests that more than half of all drug overdose deaths may be caused by the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl.
But most opioid addicts are not actively seeking out the potentially lethal painkiller. Instead, they’re terrified by the increasing contamination of the illicit drug supply by fentanyl, investigators said.
Teams of researchers from Brown University tackled the issue of fentanyl misuse from two vantage points — mapping its contribution to overdose deaths in Rhode Island while giving voice to drug abusers facing the danger.
One study showed the number of fentanyl-involved overdose deaths rose to 138 in the first nine months of 2016, compared to 84 in all of 2014. Additionally, fentanyl was involved in 56 percent of the state’s drug deaths by 2016, compared to 35 percent in 2014.”
Source: UPI.com – June 16, 2017