Fentanyl Involved In Nearly Every DC Overdose Last Year

Fentanyl was involved in nearly every fatal overdose in D.C. last year through Aug. 31.

  • The conclusion about overdoses is in an Axios story that uses data from the D.C. chief medical examiner and a harm reduction expert with the non-profit HIPS.
  • The report also states Black and senior residents have disproportionately been impacted by the opioid epidemic in D.C.
  • Drugs that users may think are heroin, oxycodone or cocaine are being laced with fentanyl, says the HIPS expert, Shane Sullivan
  • In 2017, fentanyl was involved in 72% of overdoses in D.C., compared to last year when that number rose to 96%, according to 2022 January-August data from the D.C.’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
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