Americans can take steps to fight fentanyl, which is involved in 76% of overdose deaths


During the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another public health crisis taking a toll on American families: overdose deaths from the synthetic drug fentanyl, an often-deadly opioid derivative.

Even before the plague hit, fentanyl was having a lethal impact. In Ohio alone, this drug was involved in 76% of all overdose deaths in 2019 — up from 73% in 2018, 71% in 2017, and 58% in 2016. And with the advent of the pandemic, an already fraught situation has become catastrophic.