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In 2021, more than 70,000 Americans died from a fentanyl overdose. The number was close to 58,000 in 2020.

Fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for American adults.

With a population of about 10 million, L.A. County saw at least 1,571 fentanyl-related deaths in 2021, that we know of.

To compare, in the United Kingdom, which has a population of 69 million, only 58 people died from fentanyl poisoning in 2021.

L.A. County’s numbers for 2022 are still incomplete.

LA fentanyl deaths figures

Most fentanyl deaths are accidental overdoses. A few are suicides. There are also natural deaths that were hastened by the decedents’ previous use of fentanyl.