By Robert Preidt and Robin Foster
Health Day reporter
THURSDAY October 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Medication overdose Deaths in the United States hit a new record for the 12-month period ending March 2021, according to new government data.
A record 96,779 drug overdose deaths occurred between March 2020 and March 2021, representing a 29.6% increase, according to new statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of United States. The numbers are provisional and the CDC’s estimate for predicted deaths totals more than 99,000 from March 2020 to March 2021, CNN reported.
“It is important to remember that behind these devastating numbers lie families, friends and community members who are mourning the loss of loved ones, ”Regina LaBelle, acting director of the executive office of the presidential office of national drug control policy, said in a statement, CNN reported
The state with the largest increase in overdose deaths (85.1%) during this period was Vermont. Opioids accounted for the highest number of overdose deaths, followed by synthetic opioids, excluding methadone, which was linked to the lower number of overdose deaths.
Three states saw their number of overdose deaths decrease from March 2020 to March 2021: New Hampshire, New Jersey and South Dakota. Overdose deaths reported in South Dakota fell 16.3%, the highest of any state.
Between March 2020 and March 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the United States and disrupted normal daily routines, CNN Noted.
CDC data also shows a 29.7% increase in drug overdose deaths between February 2020 and February 2021.
Earlier this year, the CDC said the more than 93,000 drug overdose deaths already reported in 2020 were almost 30% more than the number seen in 2019, and the largest single-year increase on record in the United States. United States, CNN reported.
At the time, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr Nora Volkow, called the figure “chilling” and said COVID-19 pandemic has “created a devastating collision of health crises in America.”
Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about drug overdose death.
THE SOURCE: CNN