Fentanyl Fuels Dayton's Rising Overdose Deaths
By the end of 2016, Montgomery County had a record high 349 drug overdose deaths. By June 2017, the number of fatal overdoses in the county had already reached 385 deaths, according to the local coroner.1
In 2016, the synthetic opioid fentanyl was responsible for 72 percent of overdose deaths in the county, according to researchers at Wright State University.2
1 "Kettering, county surpass 2016 fatal overdose total before June." June 30, 2017: Dayton Daily News: https://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/crime--law/montgomery-county-the-... (accessed September 2017).
2 "New Report on Drug Overdose Deaths in Montgomery County." Wright State University. June 15, 2017. https://medicine.wright.edu/about/news-and-events/announcements/article/....