CT overdose death increase exceeds most other New England states

Leslie Hanson
August 19, 2018

Deaths involving cocaine also shot up significantly, putting the stimulant on par with drugs like heroin and the category of natural opiates that includes painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone. There were nearly 500 carfentanil deaths in Florida in 2016.

"This isn't surprising, but it's sad", said Robert Childs, director of the NC Harm Reduction Coalition based in Wilmington.

More than 72,000 people died from drug overdoses between January 2017 and January 2018, according to new preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That represents an increase of more than 6,000 deaths, or 9.5 percent, over the estimate for the previous 12-month period.

A Washington Post analysis of the report found that the increase in overdose deaths was largely due to a surge in the use of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

The report, "Opioid-related Overdose Deaths in MA by Industry and Occupation, 2011-2015", was created by the DPH's Occupational Health Surveillance Program in collaboration with the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, Injury Surveillance Program, and Office of Special Analytic Projects, and was funded by the CDC. Last year, almost 30,000 deaths involved these drugs - an increase of more than 9,000 over 2016.

The provisional number of deaths is calculated using confirmed reports of death, then adjusting to account for delays in reporting and autopsy results. The CDC adjusts these figures to correct for underreporting, since some recorded deaths are still pending full investigation.


By midday Thursday, the city had responded to at least 88 cases of drug overdoses, according to Police Chief Anthony Campbell.

"Wilmington needs to do a lot more", said Childs.

The CDC report was issued the same day the U.S. The data was compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics. In addition, the rate of opioid-related deaths in the farming, fishing, and forestry occupations was more than five times the average rate for MA workers, despite the small number of workers in these fields.

"Long term, if we want to reduce overdoses and see a decrease in intoxicated drivers on the street. we are going to have to look at legalizing safer injection facilities", said Childs.

There is only one FDA-approved opioid for use in pets. Test strips allow users to sample their drugs for fentanyl to quickly find out if their drug is tainted. "We've actually tested Xanax for fentanyl, and it's come out positive".

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