Experts explain this both by the increased availability of narcotic substances and the COVID-19 pandemic, which made it difficult to treat drug addicts.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from May 2020 to April 2021, about 100,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States, which is almost 30 percent more than in the previous year.

Although this is not an official count, the agency reported that it can confirm 98,000 deaths over this period, and the total number is likely to be about 100,300 after the causes of death are officially established.

Drug-related deaths can take several months to investigate.

According to experts, the increased availability of deadly opioids, especially fentanyl, is the main reason that can explain 64 percent of overdose deaths.

Another factor was the COVID-19 pandemic, which made it harder for drug users to receive treatment or support.