Cities across the United States are seeing a steep increase in the number of overdose-related deaths related to fentanyl, The Washington Post reports.
Fentanyl-related overdose deaths rose almost 600 percent from 2014 to 2016 in 24 of the nation’s largest cities and surrounding counties. In 2014 there were 582 fentanyl-related fatal overdoses.
That number jumped to 3,946 last year. Officials expect a much larger number of deadly fentanyl-related overdoses this year, the article notes.
“If anything can be likened to a weapon of mass destruction in what it can do to a community, it’s fentanyl,” said Michael Ferguson, the special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Division. “It’s manufactured death.”