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Heroin, Fentanyl Deaths Leap in Vermont’s Largest Counties

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New statistics from the Vermont Health Department show that the number of overdose deaths from heroin and fentanyl went from one each in Vermont's largest counties in 2010 to 16 last year in Chittenden County with 11 in Rutland County.

The information is contained in a detailed data brief released this week by the Vermont Health Department. The information goes beyond statistics found in a similar report given to the Legislature.

Of Vermont's 14 counties, only Addison had no deaths reported last year due to heroin or fentanyl. Windsor County had the third most deaths at seven, followed by Franklin County with three.

Statewide in 2012 there were 15 deaths in Vermont from heroin and fentanyl. Last year the figure was 53. 

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