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Connecticut DPH: Drug Deaths Jumped 13% In 2020

Reno Beranger

Fatal drug overdoses increased in Connecticut over the last year.

Data from the Connecticut Department of Public Health shows there were nearly 1,360 deaths in 2020, which is a 13% increase over 2019.

The synthetic opioid fentanyl continued to be a major factor in Connecticut’s drug deaths. At least 140 deaths were due to drugs being cut with fentanyl in 2020 -- double the number from 2019.

A report from the state's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner also reported an additional 48 deaths confirmed and 170 pending cases in January 2021.