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In 2019, there were 70,630 drug overdose deaths, which is a nearly 5% increase from 2018. Drug overdose death rates in the United States have increased more than 50% since 2013, largely due to dramatic increases in drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids (particularly illicitly manufactured fentanyl) and psychostimulants.
These increases, as well as shifting geographic trends in overdose deaths, indicate an expanding and worsening of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States. Evidence-based prevention and response strategies must be adapted to address the changing drug overdose epidemic. Read More.