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Fentanyl-related deaths spike to 30 in Milwaukee County in 2016

(Milwaukee –Wisconsin Journal Sentinel April 7) Thirty people died in fentanyl related overdoses in Milwaukee County during the first three months of this year, matching the total number of fentanyl deaths in 2015 — a year that itself saw an unprecedented number of deaths from the drug.  The medical examiner's office reported last month that a record 255 people died of drug overdoses in 2015, an increase of 53% from 2012.  Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opiate similar to morphine. It is particularly deadly when mixed with other drugs. It is but one culprit driving a national opioid epidemic.  But the death toll from fentanyl in Milwaukee County has jumped 500%, from a total of five in all of 2012, prompting a call for change in Milwaukee's response to the drug problem. READ MORE