As the opioid crisis continues to destroy thousands of lives every year, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals the horror of a specific danger…fentanyl. The report comes several weeks after the Biden administration declared fentanyl combined with xylazine to be an emerging threat to the country, a first in history.
What happened: Previous CDC reports tended to report overdose deaths detailed by broader drug categories, with fentanyl for example grouped with other synthetic opioids like tramadol and nitazenes, which is a synthetic opioid even more potent than fentanyl. However, in this new report released Wednesday, researchers focused on the specific drugs that are listed on death certificates for people who died of overdoses, also highlighting demographic differences, reported CNN.
Highlights from the report include:
In 2021 alone, nearly 70,000 people in the US died due …