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Report: Vermont fentanyl deaths up significantly last year

March 04, 2018 06:44 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Health Department says the number of accidental overdose deaths in Vermont involving the synthetic drug fentanyl is up by a third, but the number of heroin deaths dropped.
    
In its annual report to the Legislature, the department says the number of overdoses involving fentanyl jumped from 51 to 68. The same statistics show that the number of heroin deaths dropped from 51 in 2016 to 41 last year, a drop of just under 20 percent.
    
Health Commissioner Mark Levine tells Vermont Public Radio there's a sliver of good news because the total number of overdose deaths appears to have plateaued.
    
Overall, 104 people died of overdoses in 2017, more than double 2012. But the 2017 total was almost the same as 2016.

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