Report: Fentanyl deaths quadrupled

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year, according to a new report.

Alaska State Troopers released its latest annual drug report Wednesday, saying the state’s overall illegal drug problem continues to worsen. With it has come associated crimes including thefts, burglaries and violence.

According to the report, 37 people died of overdoses involving fentanyl and related synthetic opioids in Alaska in 2017. In 2016, there were eight fentanyl-related deaths.

“We don’t have as many numbers,” Capt. Michael Duxbury said at a news briefing Wednesday.