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Fighting opioid scourge with information

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Public forum to shine spotlight on an ever-growing crisis

By Hal Millard

Lancaster County’s opioid crisis is not only bad – it’s getting worse.
“It’s sad, and it’s frustrating, because it’s only gaining momentum,” Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese said.
“In 2016, we had five opioid deaths and none of them contained illicit fentanyl,” Deese said. “By the time we closed out 2017, we had 25 deaths, and 18 of those contained fentanyl. So we had a 400 percent increase in opioid deaths in just one year.”


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