Delaware Public Media



Fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Delaware nearly tripled over the last year, and a University of Delaware professor believes the problem centers on a national demand for painkillers.


The number of fentanyl-related deaths in Delaware jumped from 42 in 2015 to 120 in 2016, which UD sociology professor Tammy Anderson said is not surprising. She said the trend is not limited to Delaware. Overdose-related deaths - particularly fentanyl - are on the rise across the country. 


In 2012, the First State saw only 15 overdose deaths involving fentanyl. That number soared to 42 deaths in 2015.

Fentanyl overdose deaths increased threefold in 2015

Dec 28, 2015

Overdose deaths from a synthetic opioid called Fentanyl are on the rise in the First State.