Written by Robert Pride and Robin Foster
THURSDAY, October 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Medicine overdose New government figures show that the number of deaths in the US has reached a new record for the 12-month period ending in March 2021.
A record high number of deaths from drug overdoses occurred between March 2020 and March 2021, which is 29.6% more, according to new statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The figures are preliminary, and the CDC’s estimate of projected death is over 99,000 from March 2020 to March 2021, CNN reported.
“It’s important to remember that behind these devastating numbers are families, friends and community members grieving Loss of loved ones, “said Regina LaBelle, Acting Director of the Executive Office of the Presidential Administration of the National Drug Control Policy. CNN reported
The state with the largest increase in overdose mortality (85.1%) during this time was Vermont. Opioids account for the highest number of deaths from overdose, followed by synthetic opioids, except methadonethat was associated with the lowest number of deaths from overdoses.
Three states have seen a decline in overdose deaths from March 2020 to March 2021: New Hampshire, New Jersey and South Dakota. Reports of overdose deaths from South Dakota fell 16.3%, the highest in any state.
Between March 2020 and March 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic invaded the United States and disrupted the normal routine of the day, CNN noted.
CDC data also show a 29.7% increase in drug overdose mortality between February 2020 and February 2021.
Earlier this year, the CDC said that more than 93,000 deaths from drug overdoses already reported in 2020 were nearly 30% higher than the number seen in 2019, and the biggest year-over-year growth in the United States. CNN reported.
At the time, the director of the National Institute of Addiction, Dr. Nora Volkov, called the figure “cooling” and said COVID-19 pandemic “Created a devastating clash of health crises in America.”
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