Bloomberg Law
May 11, 2022, 2:00 PM

Drug Overdose Deaths Hit All-Time High, Fueled by Fentanyl, Meth

Alex Ruoff
Alex Ruoff

US drug overdose deaths reached an all-time high in 2021, climbing to an estimated 107,622, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

Those fatalities rose 15% in 2021 compared with 2020—when the US saw a 30% jump in such deaths as the spread of Covid-19 disturbed addiction care and isolated many. The two-year double-digit increases signal a growing problem with addiction and powerful drugs that threatens to create more grim milestones for Americans.

Overdose deaths involving opioids increased to an estimated 80,816 in 2021 from 70,029 in 2020, the CDC reports. Deaths from methamphetamine rose ...

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