The state of Connecticut has seen a dramatic rise in accidental overdose deaths linked to opioid abuse, particularly heroin and fentanyl. The latest data from the state medical examiner shows that i 2016, 504 people died from an overdose in which heroin was a factor and 479 from an overdose including fentanyl.
The mixing of drugs seems to becoming increasingly popular and is contributing to more deaths every year. In 2012, there was 1 recorded death from a mixture of heroin and fentanyl. In 2016, there were 276 deaths as a result of the combination.
The state medical examiner reported there were 917 intoxication deaths in 2016. That number is up from 729 accidental overdose deaths statewide in 2015.
Below are some visual representations of the latest data from the state medical examiner.
Yearly data broken down…