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W VA, OH Lead Nation in Drug Overdose Death Rates

Nationally, there were 63,632 drug deaths in 2016, nearly 20 per 100,000 people. That was 21 percent higher than the rate in 2015, when 52,404 died, a federal report found. Drug overdose death rates increased between 2015 and 2016 among all age groups, with the largest jump — 29 percent — among those ages 25-34.


Fentanyl Spread ‘Alarming,’ Washington Hearing is Told

A U.S. Sentencing Commission hearing was told Tuesday that customs and border patrol agents had seen a “dramatic increase in seizures” of fentanyl and its analogs, from one kilogram in fiscal year 2013, to 208 kilograms in 2016, to 550 kilograms in 2017—a 160 percent increase over the previous year.

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Trafficking Routes Up for Grabs After Fall of Top Caribbean Drug Kingpin

With global cocaine production estimated to be at historic levels, the flow of drugs, money and weapons through the Dominican Republic and its Caribbean neighbors looks poised to grow, reports InSight Crime. Homegrown criminal cells are also becoming stronger in a country that has traditionally come under the influence of Colombian and Mexican crime syndicates.