Researchers: Fentanyl deaths up 122% in W.Va.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia College researchers say fentanyl deaths are up 122% within the state.

The faculty launched the outcomes of a research into the highly effective artificial opioid Tuesday.

Analysts checked out all drug-related deaths in West Virginia between 2005 to 2017 to provide you with their tally.

The research cites federal Facilities For Illness Management and Prevention statistics that say West Virginia leads the nation in deaths from fentanyl and has the best per capita charge of overdose deaths within the nation.

Researchers say fentanyl is typically blended into heroin or bought as a counterfeit prescription tablet, main drug customers to unknowingly take the substance.

The research recommends widespread distribution of naloxone, an overdose reversing treatment.

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