2017 was the first time 1,000 people in the state died from overdoses.Related Content: Ex-health workers say closing needle exchange fueled K2 overdoses
The medical examiner says a total of 1,040 people died this way. In 2016, that number was 917.
675 of last year’s overdose deaths involved the powerful opioid, fentanyl.Related Content: 8 arrested following string of New Haven K2 overdoses
Officials say overdose deaths have gone up 300 percent in the past five years.