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Available information suggests U.S. drug overdose deaths are on track to reach an all-time high this year. Addiction experts blame the coronavirus pandemic. They say it has left people stressed and isolated. And it has disrupted treatment and recovery programs. Before the coronavirus even arrived, the U.S. was in the midst of the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in its history, with a record 71,000 overdose deaths last year. This year’s tally likely will surpass that total. That's according to preliminary death data from nine states reviewed by The Associated Press and national data on emergency responses to reported drug overdoses.

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Governor Phil Murphy tweeted Monday that 478 residents have tested positive, compared to 751 new cases reported Sunday and at least 900 reported Saturday.

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Several high-profile cases of voters getting incorrect blank absentee ballots in the mail are raising questions about how often such mix-ups occur and whether they could affect the presidential election. Experts say snafus happen during every election but say there should be adequate time between now and the close of polls on Nov. 3 to resolve them — even in the midst of a pandemic that has led to a surge in mail-in balloting. Elections officials, ballot suppliers and security researchers say such problems do occur with some regularity. They don’t indicate fraud, they say, but rather human error.

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