“Right now I hope that this trend continues, that our rate of death is going down,” said Dr. Kent Harshbarger, Montgomery County coroner. “But there’s still dangerous products that are on our streets, and using any of the products you’re buying is a crapshoot of what you’re getting. It could be carfentanil or one of those analogs and it might be your last dose.”
Though trending down, the lower July number remains well above the monthly average of 29 deaths last year when 349 people died — then an annual record. Until this June.