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More than 107,600 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2021. This is the highest annual death toll on record, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

The 2021 overdose deaths are a 15 percent increase from 2020 when 93,655 people died after using narcotics, according to a report from the ’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which collects data on a range of health topics, including drug use, NBC News reported.

Tragically, the record setting number of overdose deaths comes after there was a 30 percent increase seen from 2019 to 2020, according to the report.

, a powerful synthetic opioid, was involved in the most overdose deaths in 2021: 71,238, reported NCHS.

The total number of overdose deaths in 2020 and 2021 comes to 201,255. That averages to 275 deaths … PER DAY.

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