U.S. drug overdose deaths hit a 'staggering' record in 2020

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The United States in 2020 saw the highest number of drug overdose deaths on record, "staggering" data from the National Center for Health Statistics showed.

There were an estimated 93,331 deaths from overdoses last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, about a 30 percent increase from 2019, a report said Wednesday, according to The Washington Post. This was the biggest jump from year to year since 2016, when the number of drug overdose deaths rose by 11,000, and it surpassed the record of 72,000 in 2019, The Associated Press reports.

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