PBS NewsHour

How the pandemic is affecting U.S. opioid epidemic

Clip: 11/18/2021 | 6m 44s | Video has closed captioning.

The nation’s opioid epidemic has never been deadlier. The Centers for Disease Control Prevention says 100,000 people died of drug overdoses over the last year — a 30 percent increase from the year before and an all-time high. As William Brangham reports, these deaths are fueled by the rise of the extremely potent synthetic opioid, fentanyl.

Aired: 11/18/21

Rating: NR

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