TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - From 2011 to 2016, deaths from synthetic opioid fentanyl skyrocketed more than a thousand percent, a new study said.
The report was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, revealing new data on fentanyl-related deaths in the U.S. The study showed deaths linked to the powerful synthetic drug increased more than 1,000 percent between 2013 and 2016.
While the number of deaths was roughly the same, slightly more than 1,600, in 2011 and 2012, they rose to nearly 2,000 in 2013 and by 2016 had reached 18,335, the CDC said.
Researchers discovered men are dying from fentanyl overdoses at nearly three times the rate of women. The data also revealed a faster increase in overdose deaths among black and Latino Americans than among whites. The rate was highest among those between the ages of 25 and 34, followed by people between the ages of 35 and 44. Regionally, the east coast and upper Midwest saw the most overdose deaths.
Experts hope the findings with encourage health care providers to find more ways to connect with active drug users.