drug OD deaths on the rise in Jefferson County

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Overdose-related deaths are reportedly on the rise in Jefferson County. In fact, according to 7 News, close to one-third of all unattended deaths for anyone younger than 50-years old were due to an overdose just last year.

Of the total 23 fatal ODs in 2016, 17 were by people younger than 50.

Experts told 7 News that fentanyl, which is often a powerful and dangerous additive to heroin, is becoming more widespread and likely a major contributor to the overdoses.

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