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Wyoming fentanyl deaths up as state pushes awareness

GILLETTE —The number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths has steadily increased in Wyoming since 2017. The number of yearly deaths fluctuated prior to that, with up and down years since 2013, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

But the change has drawn the attention of the state department of health, which released information about the rising deaths and what to know about the synthetic opioid drug.

There were 106 fentanyl overdose deaths in Wyoming in 2021. That number increased from 99 deaths in 2020, 78 deaths in 2019, 65 deaths in 2018 and 62 deaths in 2017.

The number has been...