Fentanyl Deaths Spiked in US Midwest, South, West

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.

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

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