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Drug Overdose Deaths Rise, Disparities Widen

Drug overdose data show troubling trends and widening disparities between different population groups. In just one year, overdose death rates (number of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people) increased 44% for Black people and 39% for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people. Drug overdose death disparities are widening at the same time as a record-breaking 92,000 lives were lost to drug overdoses during 2020. More must be done to prevent overdoses and deaths. Increasing access to proven treatment for all people who have substance use disorder(s) is a critical part of their care and recovery.

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