View Full Version : Deaths from Fentanyl, Drug That Killed Prince, Rise Sharply

08-26-2016, 10:10 AM
Overdose deaths from the opioid painkiller fentanyl the same drug that killed singer-songwriter Prince in April have increased sharply in a number of U.S. states, according to a new report. From 2013 to 2014, eight U.S. states Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland and North Carolina had large increases in overdose deaths tied to synthetic opioids. During that same time, the number of drug products that tested positive for fentanyl after being seized by law enforcement officers increased by more than 10 times in the eight states, rising from 293 to 3,340.