Accidental drug overdose deaths are on the rise - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Accidental drug overdose deaths are on the rise

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Accidental drug overdose deaths in Connecticut are on a track this quarter to outpace the number of deaths this time last year.

During the first three months of 2016, the state saw 83 deaths involving fentanyl, the drug that has been laced with heroin.

According to the Chief State Medical Examiner, Dr. James Gill, at that pace, projections show Connecticut could see a total annual number of 332 deaths, or an increase of nearly 77 percent.

Just in the past two years, Connecticut has seen a significant increase in accidental intoxication deaths.

In 2014 there were 568, and one year later that jumped to 729.

While in the first quarter of this year, 208 deaths were recorded and that number is projected to reach 832 by the end of 2016.

State experts also discovered an increase in fentanyl in any death.

There were just 75 in 2014, and that spiked to more than double in 2015 to 188.

In the first quarter of 2016, 83 fentanyl deaths were recorded. That is projected to increase to 332 by the end of 2016.

The Chief State’s Medical Examiner does see a slowing down in the number of accidental drug intoxication deaths, projecting now to be 50 percent lower this year than the increase from 2014 to 2015.

It suggests to the experts that although the number of these deaths is still increasing, this may be a sign that the number of drug intoxication deaths is leveling off.

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