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Fentanyl deaths rise in Winnebago County for 2017


The Winnebago County Coroner's Office is reporting a disturbing trend when it comes to overdose deaths in our area.

In 2017, Coroner Bill Hintz reports 124 people died from drug overdoses. That's up from 96 drug overdose deaths in 2016. 

Unlike previous reports, this year's data breaks down each drug that contributed to the 124 overdose deaths. 

According to the coroner, 63 people died from Fentanyl or a combination of it and other drugs. Heroin contributed to 55 overdose deaths.

And Hintz says the number of Fentanyl deaths tells an interesting story of opioids in our community. 

He says up until June there were only 12 overdose deaths related to Fentanyl. 

However, that number skyrocketed starting in July, with another 51 deaths in the second half of the year. 

Hintz tells 13 News he believes "something bad came into our county around July" that caused an outburst of these kinds of overdoses.

Along with the number of Fentanyl deaths, 14 overdose deaths also involved synthetic versions of the drug, including Acetylfetanyl, Acrylfetanyl and Carfentanil. 

Carfentanil is more than 100 times deadlier than Fentanyl, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Hintz says its the first time we've seen Carfentanil related deaths in the Winnebago County community. 

For a full break down of the demographics of 2017 overdose deaths, see the Winnebago County Coroner's report here. 

*The graph depicting the 2017 Overdoses by Drug shows drugs lists only drugs that contributed to the death of the individual

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