Written by Robert Pridet and Robin Foster
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Drug overdose deaths in the United States set a new record for the 12-month period ending in March 2021, according to new government data.
And new statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a record 96,779 drug overdose deaths between March 2020 and March 2021, which is a 29.6% increase. The numbers are provisional, and the CDC’s estimate of projected deaths is more than 99,000 from March 2020 to March 2021, CNN mentioned.
“It is important to remember that behind these devastating numbers are families, friends and community members who are grieving the loss of loved ones,” said Regina Labelle, director of the Executive Office of the President’s Office for National Drug Policy. Permit, CNN mentioned
Vermont was the state with the largest increase in overdose deaths (85.1%) during that period. Opioids accounted for the largest number of overdose deaths, followed by synthetic opioids, with the exception of methadone, which was associated with the lowest number of overdose deaths.
Three states saw a decrease in overdose deaths from March 2020 to March 2021: New Hampshire, New Jersey and South Dakota. Overdose deaths reported in South Dakota decreased by 16.3%, the highest of any state.
Between March 2020 and March 2021, the COVID-19 epidemic spread in the United States and disrupted the normal daily routine, CNN He pointed out.
CDC data also shows a 29.7% increase in drug overdose deaths between February 2020 and February 2021.
Earlier this year, the CDC said that more than 93,000 drug overdose deaths already reported in 2020 were nearly 30% higher than the number observed in 2019, the largest increase in One year at all in the United States, CNN mentioned.
At the time, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow, called the number “scary” and said the COVID-19 pandemic “has created a devastating collision between America’s health crises.”
Visit the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about drug overdose deaths.