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U.S. overdose deaths hit record high in 2021

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Data issued by the Centers for Disease Control revealed a sharp increase in U.S. drug overdose deaths and 2021 is deadliest year on record thus far.

More than 108,000 people died of drug overdoses last year, an increase of 14,000 deaths compared to 2020.

The numbers spiked during the pandemic and nearly 2/3 of the deaths came about as a result of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.

Fentanyl is highly lethal even in small doses and has been coming into the U.S. via Mexico with China being the largest producer of the drug according to the DEA.

Florida saw 7,888 overdose deaths in 2021, a 4% increase from the previous year.

In 2020, Palm Beach County saw 652 people die from drug overdoses.

Click here to see more info on substance abuse trends on an interactive dashboard provided by the Florida Dept. of Health.