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Connecticut's chief medical examiner says fentanyl-related overdose deaths in the state are set to increase 9 percent compared to last year.

Dr. James Gill released overdose figures for the first six months of the year on Thursday.  

The report shows a 15 percent drop in heroin overdose deaths and a rise in fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that’s 50 times more powerful than heroin.

There were 370 accidental deaths from January to June involving fentanyl. If that rate continues, there will be 740 such deaths this year.

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A Roman Catholic priest who ran a drug ring in Connecticut is returning to prison after failing another drug test while on supervised release.  

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Race plays a factor when doctors prescribe opioids to treat chronic pain. That’s the finding of a new study from Yale University. 

Researchers say black patients, who receive opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and Percocet for long-term treatment, are more likely than whites to be tested for illicit drug use.  

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Federal authorities have charged an advocate for the homeless with distributing synthetic marijuana in New Haven, Connecticut. The charges come after the drug caused more than 100 overdoses on and near the city green.

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President Trump’s nominee for drug czar, Jim Carroll, was in Connecticut on Monday in response to more than 100 overdoses on the New Haven Green last week believed to be from the synthetic marijuana-like drug K2.