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Overdose deaths in 2021 reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy underscore the urgency for more comprehensive action to address the overdose crisis.

Last year, the United States crossed a new threshold of losing more than 100,000 lives to an overdose in a calendar year, and the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy’s report shows that 2,250 lives in the Commonwealth were lost to an overdose death, a 14.5% increase from the previous year.

Brett Guthrie is the U.S. representative from the 2nd Congressional District. He can be reached at 202-225-3501 or at