Teton County is in the lead in Wyoming for deaths due to fentanyl. In the last several months, Teton County has seen two deaths attributed to fentanyl overdoses which is 25% of the fentanyl-related deaths in the state.
Now while statistically, this may appear to be a spike, Deputy State Registrar Guy Beaudoin points out that new guidelines for reporting drug-related deaths call for distinguishing the different kinds of drugs in a deceased’s body.
Furthermore, it calls for clearing up whether the drug was prescribed and used legally, prescribed and being used illicitly, or acquired illicitly. The latter, he says is getting to be a problem. He points out that pills brought into the US from elsewhere are not regulated, and so the content may vary even though the little blue pill looks the same – and just a small overdose of fentanyl can kill.
Deaths due to overdoses have involved individuals across the various age ranges. Identifying fentanyl as the death-causing drug, Beaudoin says, is the first step in getting a handle on the abuse at local levels throughout the state.