Long before the COVID-19 pandemic came along, the United States was facing many different “epidemics,” — including obesity, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and opioid drugs, both prescription and illicit forms.

The Wall Street Journal recently collected data on opioid-related deaths and found that counties all across the United States — from Washington to Arizona and Florida — are reporting rising drug fatalities this year.

The paper reported on September 8 that the trend follows a likely record number of fatal overdoses in the United States last year, when more than 72,000 people died.


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