Drug Overdose Deaths At Record High In 2020

Data released by the CDC late last year shows a significant increase in deaths related to drug overdoses in 2020, resulting in “the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period.”

The CDC reports, “Over 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in the 12 months ending in May 2020…While overdose deaths were already increasing in the months preceding the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the latest numbers suggest an acceleration of overdose deaths during the pandemic.”

CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D., said, “The disruption to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit those with substance use disorder hard…As we continue the fight to end this pandemic, it’s important to not lose sight of different groups being affected in other ways. We need to take care of people suffering from unintended consequences.”

Synthetic opioids were seen to be the main cause of the overdose deaths, “increasing 38.4 percent from the 12-month

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