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US Opioid Fatalities Reach Grim Milestone…

Recent CDC reports over 100,000 opiate related deaths (all sources) from April 2020 to April 2021, up 29% from the same prior period; North Carolina saw a 36.9% with Florida falling below the national average with a 26.2% increase in opiate related deaths.

Most opiate related deaths are attributed to illicit opiate abuse and have been on the rise during the COVID pandemic characterized as “deaths of despair”.  However, the lacing of heroin with fentanyl plays a significant role in these deaths with up to 2/3 of all deaths due to illicit heroin use containing fentanyl.

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