Drug overdose deaths reach record high

(CNN) – Annual drug overdose deaths have reached another record high in the United States.

There were an estimated 105,000 drug overdose deaths in the 12-month period ending October 2021, according to preliminary data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

During that period, about two-thirds of the overdose deaths in the US involved synthetic opioids, like fentanyl. It’s a stronger and faster-acting drug than natural opiates.

Over the past two years, the number of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids has nearly doubled.

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