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Fentanyl Pushed U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths To Record High In 2021

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Drug overdose deaths in the United States hit record highs in 2021, primarily due to an increase in synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, a vast majority of which is trafficked from Mexico across the southwest U.S. border.

According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 108,000 people appear to have died of drug overdoses in 2021. That’s a nearly 15 percent increase in drug-related deaths compared to 2020.

Overdose deaths have been on the rise in the United States since the 1970s but spiked significantly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic........

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