Overdose Deaths Jump 18 Percent in 2016, Most Involving Opioids

Overdose deaths jumped up by 18 percent in Michigan last year—and the state says most involved opioids.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says 2,335 people died of overdoses in 2016.

Nearly 1,700 were opioid-related.

Heroin, prescription opioids and nonpharmaceutical fentanyl are considered opioids.

A media campaign is being launched by Michigan’s DHHS to raise awareness, funded by a $16 million government grant.