CDC: 100,000 died of drug overdose last year, driven by Covid-19 isolation and influx of foreign drugs

CDC: 100,000 died of drug overdose last year, driven by Covid-19 isolation and influx of foreign drugs


The CDC announced a stunning statistic last week, which estimated more than 100,000 Americans have died as a result of overdose deaths, from April 2020 to March 2021—a number driven in large part by aggravated social isolation from Covid-19 lockdowns and the importation of fentanyl across the U.S. border, as reported by the Associated Press.

The grim statistic marks a nearly 30 percent spike from last year, which saw a similar increase from the year prior, indicating a 20-year trend in which drug overdose rates have steadily risen.

Drug Enforcement Administration officials have identified illegal fentanyl as a major contributor to this massive increase in overdoses. Fentanyl is a drug mass-produced in China and transported across the U.S.-Mexico border by Mexican drug cartels.

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