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

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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