Raleigh, N.C. – A new report sheds light on overdose deaths in Wake County.
fentanyl drives significant changes in overdose deaths. Wake County, Wake County, 2018. 
"Here's a stack of death Wake County's Certificate of Weakening Overdose, said Wake County Register of Deeds Charles Gilliam.
WRAL by Gilliam contains more than 600 people who have died over the past six years in Wake County. Gilliam said fentanyl [1
"We started mining this drug data because of the information that we were receiving from law "Fentanyl is driving drug overdoses and deaths," Gilliam said. "That's why we set out to quantify it."
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl is a man-made opioid 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
From 2013 to 2018 in Wake County, 662 people died from overdose. Fentanyl use spikes in 2016, leading to 49 deaths, up from 14, according to the Register of Deeds Report and Database on Wake County Drug Overdose Death. In 2018, 52% of overdose deaths came from fentanyl.
"Obviously, there is drug use in Raleigh," said Raleigh resident Morgan Dougherty. "Drug overdose and drug use is a huge issue across the country."
Gilliam said he hopes the report helps struggling with drug abuse.
" If you know somebody who is taking drugs, they warn you that they need help, "Gilliam said. More on this