U.S. sees record high of 96,000 drug overdose deaths in 12 month period

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded more than 96,000 deaths from drug overdoses in the twelve-month period ending in March 2021, according to provisional data. released on Wednesday.

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why it matters: That’s a jump of nearly 30% over the past 12 months and coincides with one of the deadliest periods of the COVID-19 pandemic, when stay-at-home orders fundamentally changed daily life for most Americans.

  • In July, the CDC reported that drug overdoses had hit higher levels in 2020, largely due to the growing prevalence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

of note: The data presented is provisional because many cases require a “prolonged investigation” to confirm the cause of death, according to the CDC.

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By numbers: The reported number of overdoses in the 12-month period ending March 2021 was 96,779. The estimated number of cases for the same period is 99,106 deaths.

  • This is a 29.6% increase in the reported deaths since March 2020.
  • All 3 states saw an increase in overdose deaths, with Vermont – 85.1% – experiencing the biggest jump.

What are they saying: “It is important to remember that behind these devastating numbers are family, friends and community members who are grieving the loss of their loved ones,” said Regina LaBelle, acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. told CNN.

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