Fentanyl’s Growing Footprint

A shape-shifting landscape of overdose deaths in America is laid bare in a new CDC report naming the top 10 drugs involved in overdose deaths from 2011-2016, and quantifies the startling rise of fentanyl.

While oxycodone topped the list in 2011 and heroin ranked first from 2012–2015, fentanyl took over in 2016. The age-adjusted rate of heroin overdose deaths more than tripled during the study period.

Throughout this time, cocaine consistently ranked second or third in the list. 



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