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 in the first six months of 2016, 244 people died from an overdose in which heroin was a factor and 223 from an overdose including fentanyl.
The state medical examiner estimates that there will be 888 intoxication deaths in 2016. That number is up from 729 accidental overdose deaths statewide in 2015. There were 216 accidental overdoses in which heroin was a factor in 2015, and in 110 of those, heroin was the only drug at play.
For more on the latest statistics and analysis, check out this blog post from Esteban L. Hernandez.
Below are some visual representations of the latest data from the state medical examiner.
Yearly data and projections for 2016…