Report: 2020 was worst on record for fatal overdoses

NORFOLK, Va. — Data shows 2020 was Virginia’s worst year on record for fatal drug overdoses.

The Virginian-Pilot reports a new report from the Virginia Department of Health shows nearly 2,300 people died from overdoses.

That’s a 41% increase from 2019, which was already record-breaking.

The report’s author tells the newspaper all corners of the state have been impacted.

Fentanyl, a potent opioid that often gets mixed in with other drugs, accounted for about 72% of all overdose deaths, according to the report.

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