America’s Skyrocketing Drug Crisis

Fentanyl is fuelling the worst drug crisis in the history of the US. New federal data shows the rate of overdose deaths linked to the synthetic opioid has skyrocketed over the last five years.

According to a report released early Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Vital Statistics System, the rate of fentanyl-related overdose deaths jumped 279% between 2016 and 2021, rising from 5.7 per 100,000 to 21.6 per 100,000.


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