Fentanyl cited by NYC health officials for 27% jump in citywide drug overdose fatalities during 2021

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New York Daily News

NEW YORK — New York City’s drug overdose deaths soared by 27% in 2021, with four in every five linked to fentanyl as the city’s Black community and the Bronx reported a disproportionately highest number of fatalities, city officials said. “These deaths are heartbreaking,” said city Heath Commissioner Dr. Ashwan Vasan. “And many, if not most, are preventable. As a city we must use every evidence-based tool at our disposal to reach people with services and — most of all — support and compassion.” The new provisional data found 2,668 New Yorkers died in 2021, an increase of 78% from 2019 and 27% …

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