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A new report finds almost 187,000 Americans died from alcohol and substances such as synthetic opioids and psychostimulants, as well as suicide, in 2020. This represents a 20% one-year increase in the combined death rate and the highest number of substance-driven deaths ever recorded for a single year.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is funding research to develop a wearable opioid overdose detection patch, HealthDay reports. The patch would be able to deliver the opioid overdose antidote naloxone.