Minnesota Department of Health: State reports record drug overdose deaths in 2021

EXCERPT: “State reports record drug overdose deaths in 2021 Increasing prevalence of fentanyl thought to be a contributing factor Minnesota public health officials reported a record number of overdose deaths in 2021, following an alarming pattern seen in many other states in recent years. According to a new report issued this week by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), most overdose deaths in 2021 were associated with fentanyl, a powerful drug that continues to become more common across the country. The 1,286 overdose deaths reported to MDH last year represented a 22% increase from the 2020 total. This averages more than three people dying every day from an overdose of any drug type. For the first time since 2014, there was a larger percentage increase in overdose deaths in Greater Minnesota (23%) than in the seven-county metropolitan area (20%).” FULL STORY: https://fluence-media.co/3RAsE9N