Fentanyl grows up 122% in W.Va.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University researchers say that fentanyl deaths are up 122% in the state.

The college issued study results on a powerful synthetic opioid Tuesday.

Analysts looked at all drug-related deaths in West Virginia between 2005 and 2017 to solve their scores.

The study mentions Federal Centers For Controlling and Preventing Disease Statistics that says West Virginia has sent the nation in deaths from fentanyl and has the highest per capita rate of overdose deaths in the country.

Researchers say that at least heroinyl is blended into heroin or sold as a counterfeit prescription pill, that the main drug users take the substance.

The study recommends widespread distribution of naloxone, reverse overdose medication.

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