Alarming Report: The National Center for Health Statistics reveals that overdose death rates involving fentanyl have more than tripled in the US from 2016 to 2021.

The National Center for Health Statistics report also shows that overdose death rates for methamphetamine and cocaine have also risen over the same time period, quadrupling and doubling respectively.

Fentanyl played a leading role in approximately 80,000 US opioid overdose deaths recorded in 2021 alone. The report found that overdose death rates were highest from fentanyl in every race, region, and age group, with the highest rates among men, people aged 25 to 44, and Alaska Native, American Indian, and Black individuals.