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Richard Blumenthal

Heroin-Related Overdose Deaths Soar In Connecticut

Heroin-Related Overdose Deaths Soar In Connecticut

The number of people in Connecticut dying from drug overdoses continued to skyrocket in 2015 as more than 720 people overdosed, with heroin-related deaths climbing at alarming rates, according to statistics released Sunday by the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

"Heroin deaths have increased 27 percent and fentanyl deaths have increased 148 percent from 2014 to 2015," Chief Medical Examiner James Gill said. "The vast majority of fentanyl intoxications involve illicit [not prescription] fentanyl. Some of the fentanyl we have detected is acetyl-fentanyl, which is an illicit designer fentanyl."

Overall 723 people died in Connecticut in 2015 from...