For the first time ever, an estimated 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in one year.

“It’s terrifying, it’s very sad and very unnecessary, but it’s not surprising, and the reason it’s not surprising, is the presence of fentanyl, which is a synthetic opioid.”

Director of Clinical Services for Hazelden Betty Ford in St. Paul Lydia Burr. Overdose deaths have been rising for more than two decades and according to new CDC data out today jumped nearly 30-percent from May 2020 through April 2021.