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U.S. Overdose Deaths Remain Higher Than in Other Countries — How Harm-Reduction Programs Could Help



Drug overdose deaths in the United States have jumped 50 percent since 2019. Recently released provisional data show they likely claimed more than 105,000 lives for a second consecutive year in 2022. Alongside the COVID-19 pandemic, this increase has contributed to the recent drop in American life expectancy.


Other high-income countries also have experienced unprecedented physical and economic disruptions since COVID-19 emerged in 2020, but have any recorded similar jumps in drug-related mortality?


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