Opioid Overdose Deaths Hit an All-Time High

Opioid Overdose Deaths Hit an All-Time High

Fatal drug overdoses have shot up nationwide, according to a recent Health Alert Network Advisory released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Such deaths appear to have increased by 38% in the 12-month period ending June 2020, compared with the year ending May 2020. During the same period, deaths from cocaine also shot up by 27%, while those from psychostimulants, such as methamphetamine, rose by 35%. Deaths from methamphetamine use have been rising faster, irrespective of synthetic opioid co-use and faster than deaths from cocaine overdose. “The increase in overdose deaths is concerning,” Deb Houry, MD, MPH, of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said in the statement.

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