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Fentanyl is killing more Philadelphians than any other drug, medical examiner finds

April 24, 2018 GMT

By Staff

As Philadelphia’s drug overdose rate spiked to its highest point ever in 2017, fentanyl proved the most fatal of all drugs implicated in unintentional deaths, killing more people than all other opioids, including heroin, according to statistics released by the medical examiner’s office Tuesday.

By the official tally, 1,217 people died of drug overdoses in Philadelphia last year — in line with what health officials had predicted as early as last fall.

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