INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana State Department of Health released new numbers Monday showing the scope of the growing opioid epidemic in Indiana.
The agency says it saw a 60-percent increase in reports of non-fatal emergency room visits due to opioid overdoses from 2011-2015. At the same time, opioid-related deaths increased by an average of 3.5 percent each year.
The number of acute hepatitis C cases, which are related to injection drug use, also increased by 67 percent.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has also put out a warning about the increasing prevalence of potent opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil in the state – in particular warning residents about "Gray Death," a drug cocktail containing heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil that has already been linked to at least one fatal overdose so far in Indiana.