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Overdose deaths hit record high in pandemic

National data is incomplete, but available information suggests U.S. drug overdose deaths are on track to reach an all-time high. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, Fie)

More stress, less treatment cited

By Shen Wu Tan

The Washington Times

Drug overdoses killed an estimated 83,544 people during a 12-month period ending in July 2020, a record that coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic, which experts say has created a huge amount of stress and hampered treatment services.

That is almost a 25% increase from the year that ended in July 2019, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 68,023 overdose deaths.

But the number of deaths last year could be closer to 86,000, the CDC said this week…

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