US drug overdose deaths pass 100k in a year mark for first time, experts say

More than 100,000 Americans have died in a single year from drug overdoses, a record total, experts have estimated.

Health officials say the increased use of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, combined with many drug users living in isolation during the pandemic, has led to the never-before-seen number of deaths.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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