Fentanyl is not only a huge problem in Eastern Kentucky, but is now the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses in the nation, according to a new government report. The latest numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics say that the rate of drug overdoses involving the synthetic opioid skyrocketed by about 113% each year from 2013 through 2016. Although many experts have pointed to the overprescribing of prescription painkillers as the root of the US opioid crisis, they say it has evolved, first into a heroin crisis and now into a fentanyl epidemic. Much of the emphasis of the drug overdose crisis has been on opioids, but there has also been an increase in the rates and numbers of cocaine- and methamphetamine-related deaths. In the same six-year time frame, cocaine was consistently the second or third most commonly used drug, and the rate of overdose deaths involving methamphetamines tripled. The authors of the study found that the top 10 drugs in the six-year period remained the same and belonged to three classes of drugs: Opioids such as fentanyl, Benzodiazepines and Stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamines.