NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — 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.