US overdose deaths may be peaking, but experts are wary

US overdose death rates began climbing in the 1990s driven by opioid painkillers, then deaths led by other opioids like heroin and, most recently, illicit fentanyl. Last year, over 107,000 Americans died of drug overdoses – the most in US history. But this week the CDCP released provisional data indicating that drug deaths fell 3 months in a row.