Fentanyl is a potent narcotic analgesic that leads to countless overdoses each year. Past studies have shown that fentanyl use has been growing substantially in counties within Florida. However, little research has been done to quantify and analyze rates of fentanyl overdose within Orange County, particularly over multiple year periods of time. The goal of this study is to provide information and analysis on the rates of fentanyl overdose within Orange County, Florida from 2019 to 2021, and to explore demographic factors that correlate with fentanyl overdose. It is hypothesized that the rate of fentanyl overdoses will have significantly increased yearly from 2019 to 2021. Additionally, it is expected that a significant portion (20+%) of decedents will have other drugs identified by the Medical Examiner within their systems. Lastly, it is predicted that there will be a statistically significant difference in fentanyl overdose rates between demographic groups.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Michalski, Logan, "An Analysis of the Role of Fentanyl in Fatal Overdoses in Orange County" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1386.