CDC Alerts Providers to Rise in Opioid Deaths Involving Fentanyl

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently alerted health care providers and others to a continued increase in opioid overdose deaths involving fentanyl and its analogs. Among other increases, the number of overdose deaths involving the analog carfentanil, 100 times more potent than fentanyl, nearly doubled in the first half of 2017 in the 10 states reporting preliminary data to CDC, to 815. Health care providers may need to administer multiple doses of naloxone per overdose due to the increased potency of these drugs relative to other opioids, the agency said.

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