During the pandemic, another devastating health crisis was growing

Opioid overdose deaths rose 30% last year, making 2020 the year with the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in the US, according to the CDC. CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen reports on this health crisis that continued to plague the US amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Tablets believed to be laced with fentanyl are displayed at the Drug Enforcement Administration Northeast Regional Laboratory on October 8, 2019 in New York. - According to US government data, about 32,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2018. That accounts for 46 percent of all fatal overdoses. Fentanyl, a powerful painkiller approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for a range of conditions, has been central to the American opioid crisis which began in the late 1990s. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)
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