Opioid Overdose Causing More Death Than Heroin In Massachusetts: Report

About two thousand people died in Massachusetts alone from opioid overdoses in 2016, reveals a new finding.

Report released Friday by the state Department of Public Health said 1,465 deaths are confirmed to have been caused by opioid overdoses and another 514 deaths have been suspected.

The figure is five times more than the death caused in car crashes.

State’s public health commissioner, Dr. Monica Bharel, said drug fentanyl is the main culprit as in many cases it has been found.

The figure further reports number of deaths from heroin has declined.

It is learned illegal synthetic fentanyl is more powerful than heroin by about 50 to 100 times. In many cases it has been mixed with heroin or else sold as the best alternative to heroin.

Bharel added ending the epidemic will take time apart from effort.

Below chart reveals opiod related deaths since 2000:

2000 – 355
2001 – 486
2002 – 505
2003 – 587
2004 – 404
2005 – 554
2006 – 635
2007 – 617
2008 – 587
2009 – 610
2010 – 532
2011 – 613
2012 – 698
2013 – 918
2014 – 1321
2015 – 1597
2016 – 1465