New CDC Report Shows Rising Number of Overdose Deaths Involving Fentanyl

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control addresses the growing number of overdoses involving fentanyl across the county.

The numbers paint a troubling picture of just how widespread the problem is.

The National Center for Health Statistics says that recently more than 55 percent of overdose deaths involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl. 

“We’re happy to see the federal government naming these dangers, but we know that, the young folks that are dying in our community, we know that’s fentanyl, we need more action at the federal government to help communities get over this issue,” said Addiction Treatment Services CEO Chris Hindbaugh.

And those that have been on the front lines of the crisis say the report underscores what’s happening in northern Michigan.

“We’re definitely seeing that report reflective in our community. The majority of the cases we’re seeing here locally include some sort of synthetic opioid, fentanyl probably being the one we’ve heard of the most in the last 6-8 months,” said Hindbaugh.

Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney says the report is not surprising.

Recently, he’s been talking to community organizations about the newly formed local chapter of Families Against Narcotics.

“We’ve seen an increase in the amount of fentanyl, as opposed to heroin. In fact, I’ve been told as much as 80 percent of what’s being sold as heroin is actually fentanyl mixed with other cutting agents. We have to come together as a community if we want to stop the number of people that we’re seeing die in our community

On Tuesday, the new director of the CDC said his son almost died of an overdose after taking cocaine laced with fentanyl.

To read the report, click here.