NBC NEWS: ‘It’s scary’: Overdose deaths driven by fentanyl mixed with other drugs

It’s not yet clear what’s causing the trend: Are drug users knowingly using fentanyl and other drugs, or does fentanyl enter the larger drug supply via dealers and distributors?

The New York Times: Overdose Deaths Reached Record High as the Pandemic Spread

More than 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in the yearlong period ending in April, government researchers said.

The Washington Post: 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoes in 12 months during the pandemic

The U.S. drug epidemic reached another terrible milestone Wednesday when the government announced that more than 100,000 people had died of overdoses between April 2020 and April 2021

The Sacramento Bee: Man sold 19-year-old friend the fentanyl-laced pills that killed him, prosecutors said

A California man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he sold counterfeit drugs containing fentanyl to his 19-year-old friend, federal prosecutors said.

CNN: Americans are overdosing on a drug they don’t know they’re taking

CNN)Fueled by the coronavirus pandemic and an increase in fentanyl use, the US drug epidemic exploded while Americans were locked down.