US Overdoses Reach New High

By: George William

According to data released Wednesday by the CDC, the United States hit a new high of more than 96,000 drug overdose deaths between March 2020 and 2021.

The US saw 96,779 reported drug overdose deaths, an increase of 29.6% during that time, when Covid-19 lockdowns were at their peak.

In that time frame, three states saw a decrease in their overdose deaths. New Hampshire, New Jersey and South Dakota. South Dakota’s reported overdose deaths declined by 16.3%, the highest of them. While Vermont had the largest increase of any state. Reported overdose deaths in Vermont rose 85.1%

“It is important to remember that behind these devastating numbers are families, friends, and community members who are grieving the loss of loved ones,” Regina LaBelle, acting director of the Executive Office of the President Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in a statement.

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