LANSING, MI (AP)-- State officials say opioid deaths jumped by about 9 percent last year in Michigan.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that 1,941 of the 2,729 overdose deaths in 2017 were opioid-related. There were 1,786 opioid-related deaths in 2016.
The state notes a steady increase in overdose deaths during the last three years.
Opioids include heroin, prescription opioids, and nonpharmaceutical fentanyl. The state now includes opium and unspecified narcotics in its definition.