Yearly drug overdose deaths top 100,000 for first time

NBC News (11/17/2021)
  • According to the CDC, US drug overdose deaths rose by 29% from April 2020-2021 (compared to the prior 12-month period) to 100,306.
  • The rise was primarily driven by deaths from synthetic opioid (eg fentanyl) overdoses.
  • Meth and cocaine related deaths also rose; heroin-related deaths fell slightly.
  • Experts point out Covid-related social isolation reducing access to support groups leading to more addiction and relapses.
  • Since 2000, opioid-related overdoses have increased by over 200%.