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US overdose deaths topped 100,000 in one year, officials say

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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say an estimated 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in one year.

That’s a total the nation has never seen.

Experts say it’s tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and a more dangerous drug supply. Overdose deaths have been rising for more than two decades. But they accelerated dramatically in the past two years — jumping nearly 30% in the last year alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the new figures Wednesday.

The numbers for the period from May 2020 to April 2021 aren’t yet final.

 

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