Overdose Deaths Increased by Half in New York City Last Year, and Fentanyl is to Blame

New York City recorded 1,374 unintentional drug overdoses last year, a jump of 46 percent compared with the 2015 total of 937, according to new data released by the city this week. That marked the sixth consecutive year that fatal overdoses increased in the city, and the rate rose among all demographic groups, said the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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