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Overdose deaths increased again in Delaware in 2020

July 17, 2021 GMT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Overdose deaths in Delaware increased in 2020 from the year before, new data show.

The state reported 447 overdose deaths statewide last year – up from 431 in 2019, the News Journal reported Friday.

Fentanyl, a dangerously powerful opioid, was found as a contributor in 372 of those deaths, according to a report from the state Division of Forensic Science. Heroin was found in 94 of those deaths, and cocaine was present in 152.

The U.S. government reported earlier this week that nationally, overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. That estimate far eclipsed the high of about 72,000 drug overdose deaths reached the previous year and amounted to a 29% increase.