Milwaukee County medical examiner identifies 8 different fentanyl analogs in 2017

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office noted on Tuesday, January 2nd that its investigators identified eight different fentanyl analogs in 2017. Those include:

  • Fentanyl
  • Acetyl fentanyl
  • Furanyl fentanyl
  • 4-methoxyacety fentanyl
  • Acryl fentanyl
  • Carfentanil
  • Cyclopropyl fentanyl
  • Tetrahydrofuran fentanyl

Meanwhile, more than 63,600 lives were lost to drug overdose in 2016, the most lethal year yet of the drug overdose epidemic, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most of those deaths involved opioids, a family of painkillers including illicit heroin and fentanyl as well as legally prescribed medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. In 2016 alone, 42,249 US drug fatalities — 66% of the total — involved opioids, the report says. That’s over a thousand more than the 41,070 Americans who die from breast cancer every year.