Number of Connecticut overdose deaths surpassed 1,000 in 2017

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The number of overdose deaths in Connecticut was recently released.

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.

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