By Associated Press - Thursday, April 15, 2021

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office says there has been a substantial increase in illicit distribution of fentanyl and an alarming number of overdose deaths this year.

“As of April 14, 2021, the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has received confirmation of eight fentanyl overdose deaths in the county, with six in the month of March alone. Multiple overdose death investigations remain pending receipt of toxicology reports, with more fentanyl cases anticipated,” the office said in statement Wednesday.

This year, a county drug task force has seized more than 187 grams (6.6 ounces) of fentanyl and approximately 5,002 fentanyl pills.

Agents seized just 3 grams of fentanyl in 2020 and three fentanyl patches in 2019.

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