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September 1, 2017

CDC: Fentanyl Driving Rise in Opioid-Linked Deaths in U.S.

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Doctors Lounge – Fentanyl is a key player in America's continuing epidemic of opioid-related overdose deaths, according to two reports published in the Sept. 1 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Opioid overdose deaths began increasing early this decade as people addicted to prescription opioids started switching to heroin, which became cheaper and increased in supply, CDC researchers said. But the emergence of fentanyl and its cousins drove an even greater increase in overdose deaths.

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