Fentanyl Deaths Surge in Florida

Last Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017

Fentanyl, the dangerously potent synthetic opioid spreading across the nation, caused more deaths than any other drug in Florida last year, according to a new report from state medical officials.

From January to June 2016, 704 people died after overdosing on fentanyl. This is about a 140 percent increase from the same time period in 2015 when almost 300 people died.

Drug overdoses increased about 14 percent (658 more) during the first half of 2016 compared to January-June 2015.

Read the full report.

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