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U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Drastically Increase Since Start Of Pandemic

Due to breaking news, this segment did not air as planned on Feb. 17, 2021. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over a 12-month period ending in June, more than 81,000 people in the U.S. have died from drug overdoses. That's the highest overdose death toll the nation has ever seen in a single year.

Usha Lee McFarling, a correspondent for STAT, explains why.

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