Grantee tracks surge in fentanyl deaths in Puerto Rico, with lackluster government response

For a story in Es Mental, a health magazine in Puerto Rico, reporter Jeniffer Wiscovitch Padilla found that fentanyl deaths in Puerto Rico have increased dramatically in the last four years – and that Puerto Rico’s forensic agency has not been equipped to handle the situation. With support from the Fund, Padilla spent three months analyzing data and conducting interviews. She found that the surge in fentanyl deaths has come with the emergence and dominance of adulterated look-a-likes of prescription drugs in the black market. Her story was published in English and Spanish.