A 30 percent rise in fatalities was driven by opioids — primarily often illegally made synthetic fentanyl.
By Don Rauf
Original Source: everydayhealth.com
Deaths due to drug overdose in the United States surged to a record-breaking level during the pandemic last year, according to a report released July 14 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics.
The rise from 72,000 fatalities in 2019 to 93,000 in 2020 represented a change of nearly 30 percent. Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), called the 12-month increase the largest recorded since 1999.