Berkshire DA: Fentanyl causing rise in opioid overdose deaths


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – During the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, opioid deaths hit a record high in Massachusetts, and Berkshire County saw deaths rise by 44%, the greatest increase in the state.

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington blames the pandemic in part, but also a more potent form of the already dangerous synthetic drug fentanyl: p-fluorofentanyl.

The 22News I-Team looks into what’s driving up these numbers and why it’s happening more often in western Massachusetts. We’ll also learn more about initiatives being discussed to fight the opioid epidemic.

Watch 22News Investigative reporter Don Shipman’s report on Berkshire Opioid Deaths, Thursday on 22News at 6 p.m.

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