Stateline (supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts) investigated the details in the rush to stop fentanyl overdoses across the country. The prescription painkiller is killing more people than heroin in many parts of the country. According to a December CDC report, at least 28,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2014, the highest number of deaths in U.S. history. Of those, fentanyl was involved in 5,554 fatalities, a 79 percent increase over 2013. Unpublished data for the first half of 2015 indicate an even steeper spike in fentanyl deaths last year.
Read the full report here.