Over 100,000 Americans Died from Drug Overdoses Within a Year for First Time in U.S. History

More than 100,000 people died over a 12-month period from fatal drug overdoses for the first time in U.S. history, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

“To all those families who have mourned a loved one and to all those people who are facing addiction or are in recovery: you are in our hearts,” President Biden said in a statement issued by the White House. “Together, we will turn the tide on this epidemic.”

“This tragic milestone represents an increase of 28.5%” over the same period just a year earlier, said Dr. Deb Houry with the CDC in a call with reporters Wednesday.

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