Californians love drugs. Especially opioids. Which explains why a record number of Californians died in 2017 after overdosing on fentanyl, the opioid that is many times stronger than other prescription painkillers and heroin.
Fentanyl is wildly popular in the illegal drug trade and has become the drug of choice for many Californians.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that according to the California Department of Public Health, 746 people died from fentanyl overdoses last year.
That is more than three times the 237 people who died from fentanyl overdoses in 2016, and nine times the 81 who died from overdosing on the drug in 2013.
It is the highest number of fentanyl-related deaths the state has seen since public health officials began tracking the numbers in 2008.