Fentanyl Now the Deadliest Drug in America

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         Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report analyzed death certificates from drug overdose deaths between 2011 and 2016 and found fentanyl was involved in 29% of all overdose deaths in 2016 compared to just 4% in 2011.

            Those numbers are not surprising to Dr. Andrew Sack, an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist at The University of Kansas Health System, who has followed fentanyl’s rise in popularity over the years. In the video, he outlines why the drug has become the most abused in the country. He talks about what fentanyl is and its most common medical use. He also explains the different forms it comes in, how people are getting their hands on it, what effects it has on the body and how hard it is to break the habit of this powerful opioid. He also talks about what can be done to help stop the rise in this drug’s abuse.