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US sets a morbid new record for drug overdose deaths, according to statistics The synthetic opioid fentanyl, released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was responsible for nearly two-thirds of fatalities over the course of a year that included the COVID-19 pandemic.

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According to CDC data, 100,306 people are believed to have died from a drug overdose during the 12-month period ending in April of 2021.

According to the CDC, this will be the first time the US has recorded more than 100,000 drug-related deaths in a 12-month period, with more than 75,000 deaths due to opioids.

Vermont led the spike in deaths, followed by West Virginia (62%) and Kentucky (55%), with an increase of nearly 70% in April 2020 compared to April 2020.

Of opioid deaths, the vast majority are due to use of the extremely potent, laboratory-produced opioid fentanyl, which led to 64,178 deaths over 12 months.

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