Overdose Deaths Hit Highest Level Recorded in 2021

According to the CDC, drug overdoses in the United States were deadlier than ever in 2021. Data shows nearly 108,000 people died of drug overdoses last year and about two-thirds of those deaths involved fentanyl or another synthetic opioid. Data also says that annual deaths due to overdose were nearly 50% higher in 2021 than in 2019 and overdose deaths were up about 15% between 2020 and 2021 compared to a 30% jump between 2019 and 2020. The CDC also reports overdoses involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, psychostimulants such as methamphetamine, and cocaine all increased between 2020 and 2021 . Experts blame the Covid-19 pandemic for the increase.