CDC: In 5 years Fentanyl-related deaths skyrocketed more than 1,000 percent

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A new report shows an alarming trend in the opioid epidemic. The CDC says in just five years the number of Fentanyl-related deaths skyrocketed more than 1,000 percent.

A breakdown of the data analyzed between 2011 and 2016 shows the number of deaths in 2011 and 2012 held steady at around 1,600 deaths.

In 2013, the number increased to just over 1,900, but by 2014 Fentanyl-related deaths began to double each year, reaching more than 18,000 by 2016.

The report also analyzed who had been hardest hit by the fentanyl epidemic, and found that the most significant rate increases were among younger adults between the ages of 15 and 34.

For much more on the report and to hear an interview with an expert on the matter watch the video below.

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