America’s overdose crisis keeps getting worse. Fentanyl isn’t the only drug to blame. – VICE

You’ve probably heard by now that fentanyl is the deadliest drug in the United States, but a new study released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics offers yet another grim reminder: Deaths caused by the powerful synthetic opioid doubled every year from 2013 to 2016, soaring to 18,300 fatal overdoses from under 2,000 in a single year. And it keeps getting worse. Preliminary data for 2017 show more than 28,000 deaths involving fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. That’s out of more than 70,000 total fatal drug overdoses, which is higher than the death toll for HIV at the ...

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