Opioid-based Hydrocodone tablets are seen at a pharmacy in Portsmouth, Ohio, in June. Photo: Reuters
Opioid-based Hydrocodone tablets are seen at a pharmacy in Portsmouth, Ohio, in June. Photo: Reuters

US overdose deaths hit record 100,000 in a year, driven by fentanyl use and the coronavirus pandemic

  • Many drug users were left socially isolated and unable to get treatment or other support as Covid-19 spread across the country
  • Drug overdose fatalities now surpass deaths from car crashes, guns and even flu and pneumonia

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Opioid-based Hydrocodone tablets are seen at a pharmacy in Portsmouth, Ohio, in June. Photo: Reuters
Opioid-based Hydrocodone tablets are seen at a pharmacy in Portsmouth, Ohio, in June. Photo: Reuters
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