According to the agency, overdose deaths in the United States have been growing for more than 20 years, over the past two years it has only accelerated and, according to new data, over the past year has grown by almost 30%.

US President Joe Biden called this figure a "tragic milestone."

"This is unacceptable and requires an unprecedented response," said the head of the National Drug Control Policy Office, Dr. Rahul Gupta.

According to experts, the main causes of overdose deaths were the illicit supply of the anesthetic drug fentanyl and the COVID-19 pandemic, which left many drug users in social isolation and were unable to receive treatment or other support.