Headline RoundupNovember 17th, 2021

Yearly US Overdose Deaths Top 100,000 for the First Time

Summary from the AllSides News Team

An estimated 100,306 Americans died of drug overdoses from April 2020 to April 2021, the CDC reported Wednesday.

The CDC previously said there were 78,056 overdose deaths from April 2019 to April 2020 and 93,000 overdose deaths in 2020. Health officials attributed the deaths to the COVID-19 pandemic and the prevalence of synthetic opioids like fentanyl. According to data from The Washington Post, synthetic opioids accounted for 64,178 deaths from April 2020 to April 2021, more than the total number of overdose deaths in 2016. While most states saw increases in overdose deaths, four states saw decreases: Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey and South Dakota. 

Original coverage was more common and more prominently featured in center- and left-rated outlets on Wednesday afternoon. Large center- and left-rated outlets were more likely to use maps, graphs and tables to visualize drug overdose data. Otherwise, coverage was mostly balanced across the spectrum.

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