WVU study: fentanyl deaths more than doubled in recent years

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WTAP) - A study by West Virginia University illustrates how much the drug addiction crisis has affected the Mountain State.

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, and conducted by WVU researchers, says fentanyl deaths skyrocketed 122% between 2015 and 2017.

That's compared to deaths from fentanyl from the previous 10 years.

Researchers cite a surge of fentanyl imports from China and the strength of fentanyl itself as reasons for the increase of deaths.

They add the amount of fentanyl sold on the street varies widely, and can be mixed with other substances.

The WVU School of Public Health says, in contrast to fentanyl, prescription opioids played a role in 75% fewer deaths between 2015 and 2017, than during the previous 10 years.