US overdose deaths involving fentanyl “increased sharply” in 2019 and 2020, particularly in the Midwest, West, and South, according to the CDC.
Other findings in the report:
- From May 2020 through April 2021, the estimated number of drug overdose deaths exceeded 100,000 in a 12-month period for the first time.
- 64% of the deaths involved synthetic opioids—chiefly fentanyl.
- During 2020, approximately 40% of fentanyl-involved deaths also involved heroin and stimulants like cocaine.
- 56% of those who died had no pulse when first responders arrived—decreasing the chance of survival.
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