Overdose Deaths Accelerating During COVID-19


COVID-19 has caused a lot of collateral damage to patients from decreased vaccinations to decreased cancer care. Its effects on the opioid epidemic, unfortunately, means a 38.4% increase in overdose deaths, according to the CDC.

The CDC looked at a 12-month span from June 2019 to May 2020 and found more than 81,000 overdose deaths—the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period. 
Synthetic opioids—especially illicitly manufactured fentanyl—appear to be the primary driver, increasing overdose deaths to 38.4% in that period, according to the CDC.