The rate of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts hit an all-time high in 2021, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Health.
The rate of deaths was 32.6 per 100,000 in 2021, a nine percent increase from the previous year. Looking at the number of deaths, the department estimates that 2,290 people died of opioid-related overdoses in 2021. As in the past, fentanyl was present in the vast majority — 93.3 percent — of the deaths in which toxicology data could be collected.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of the most recent data, including a town-by-town look at the deaths in Massachusetts.