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FACT CHECK: Do 61 Percent Of Overdose Deaths In Delaware Involve Fentanyl?


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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Checkyourfact.com: “FACT CHECK: Do 61 Percent Of Overdose Deaths In Delaware Involve Fentanyl?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons claimed on Twitter that 61 percent of the overdose deaths in his state involved the drug fentanyl.

In DE, 61% of deaths related to overdoses involved fentanyl. I appreciate the Chinese government’s commitment to classify fentanyl as a controlled substance. It is a significant first step & I look forward to seeing our governments work further together to resolve this challenge.

In 2017, 345 people died from drug overdoses in Delaware, according to the state’s Division of Forensic Science. Of these, 210 – or 61 percent – involved fentanyl. After Coons made the claim, numbers for 2018 were published that showed 74 percent of overdose deaths in the state involved fentanyl.

Illicit fentanyl is an extremely potent synthetic opioid. Primarily sourced from China and Mexico, it has fueled the opioid crisis currently gripping the country. (RELATED: Will More Americans Die From Drugs This Year Than Were Killed In The Entire Vietnam War?)

Coons’ tweet was part of a thread discussing his recent meeting with the vice chairman of China’s National Narcotics Control Commission. Weeks earlier, the Chinese government announced that it would further regulate the manufacture of fentanyl.

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