The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Jon Ebelt
MT DPHHS Public Information Officer 

State Officials Report Alarming Trend of Fentanyl-Related Fatalities in Montana

 


State officials said today the alarming increase of fentanyl-related fatalities in Montana that occurred in 2020 does not appear to be slowing down thus far into 2021.

The Montana Department of Justice’s State Crime Lab reported 41 fentanyl-related deaths in 2020, up from 19 in 2019. Through May 2021, there’s already been 22 total confirmed fentanyl-related fatalities, including 11 statewide in April alone.

“This latest trend is extremely concerning and adds to the already existing deadly and costly impact illegal drugs have in Montana communities,” said Governor Greg Gianforte.

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