U.S. Sets Record For Drug Overdose Deaths—These 3 States Had The Biggest Increases

Fentanyl accounted for nearly two-thirds of the fatalities

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11/17/2021 7:33:00 PM

Fentanyl accounted for nearly two-thirds of the fatalities

Fentanyl deaths are skyrocketing, accounting for nearly two-thirds of all drug overdose fatalities.

Roger Boyd, 35, holds a piece of foil containing fentanyl while spending time on McAllister Street... [+]in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco on June 21, 2019. (Photo by Jessica Christian/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)Hearst Newspapers via Getty Images

Key FactsAccording to CDC figures, 100,306 people are believed to have died of a drug overdose during the 12-month period ending in April of 2021.This would mark the first time the U.S. has ever recorded more than 100,000 drug-related deaths over a 12-month period, with more than 75,000 of the deaths due to opioids, according to the CDC.

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released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday, with the synthetic opioid fentanyl accounting for nearly two-thirds of the fatalities during a year that included the Covid-19 pandemic. Roger Boyd, 35, holds a piece of foil containing fentanyl while spending time on McAllister Street ... [+] in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco on June 21, 2019. (Photo by Jessica Christian/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images) Hearst Newspapers via Getty Images Key Facts According to CDC figures, 100,306 people are believed to have died of a drug overdose during the 12-month period ending in April of 2021. This would mark the first time the U.S. has ever recorded more than 100,000 drug-related deaths over a 12-month period, with more than 75,000 of the deaths due to opioids, according to the CDC. Vermont led the way in the spike in deaths, with a rise of nearly 70% in April 2021 compared to April 2020, followed by West Virginia (62%) and Kentucky (55%). Among opioid deaths, the vast majority are due to use of the extremely potent, lab-made opioid fentanyl, which accounted for 64,178 deaths over 12 months. Surprising Fact