During a recent Opioid Crisis Update, Berks County District Attorney John Adams reported that overdose deaths in the county had risen from 65 in 2014 to 127 in 2019. He blamed that spike in fatalities on the drug fentanyl, which he said is responsible for 70 percent of overdose deaths in the county.
"The reason we are seeing this increase is that many of our street drugs are laced with fentanyl," Adams said. "Fentanyl is very potent and it causes death sometimes immediately."
He noted that the presence of fentanyl in so many drugs makes it even more crucial that those suffering from substance use disorder seek treatment.