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CT Prevalence and Trends

"In 2021, nearly 9 in 10 unintentional overdose deaths (86%) in Connecticut involved fentanyl. Fentanyl can be injected, snorted, smoked, taken orally as a pill, or spiked onto blotter paper. Pharmaceutical fentanyl products may be diverted to illicit markets; however, most fentanyl that is used non-medically is illicitly manufactured (non-pharmaceutical)."

"According to the DEA, fentanyl availability remains high across New England, despite reported availability decreases during COVID. Fentanyl may be available either mixed with white powder heroin or alone, and may be sold in powder form as heroin or as fentanyl. Fentanyl is often sold under the same or similar “brand" names as heroin, creating confusion and uncertainty among buyers. Fentanyl may also be pressed into counterfeit prescription pills."

View 2022 fentanyl profile