Growing Opioid Crisis Adds to Puerto Rico’s Problems
January 7, 2019
(ABC News) – The government is struggling to keep up, and failed to apply for a multimillion dollar U.S. grant that advocates say could have helped save lives. More than 600 fentanyl-related overdoses and 60 deaths were reported in Puerto Rico in 2017, largely before Hurricane Maria, up from 200 and eight the previous year. While that’s much less dire than the crisis in some U.S. states, activists and experts say the problem appears to be expanding rapidly as use of fentanyl, the opioid blamed for much of the problem in the U.S., spreads more widely here.