U.S. overdose deaths hit record 107,000 last year, CDC says

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(Worthy News) – More than 107,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, setting another tragic record in the nation’s escalating overdose , the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated Wednesday.

The provisional 2021 total translates to roughly one U.S. overdose death every 5 minutes. It marked a 15% increase from the previous record, set the year before. The reviews death certificates and then makes an estimate to account for delayed and incomplete reporting.

U.S. overdose deaths have risen most years for more than two decades. The increase began in the 1990s with overdoses involving opioid painkillers, followed by waves of deaths led by other opioids like heroin and – most recently – illicit fentanyl. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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