The number reported as Overdose Death in the United States hit a high record during the first 12 months of the pandemic, according to the statistics released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.
As per the CDC, in the 12 month time from March 2020, when every state in America ordered complete lock to till March 2021, United Stated saw 96,779 overdose fatalities. This shows an increase of 29.5 percent from 74,679 overdose fatalities that were recorded during the previous 12 months ending in March 2020.
The CDC says that the numbers released are only provisional data, as drug overdose deaths need lengthy investigation. Three states in America have shown a decline in Overdose Death from March 2020 to March 2021 including New Jersey, New Hampshire, and South Dakota. Among these three states, South Dakota’s noted overdose deaths decreased by 16.3%, the maximum of any state.
Moreover, Vermont data shows the maximum increase in Overdose Death by 85.1% during the pandemic from March 2020 to March 2021. In further analysis of overdose-death data by drug class, opioids had shown the maximum number of overdose deaths which is followed by synthetic opioids without methadone. Methadone had shown the lowest number of overdose fatalities during the pandemic period.
CDC further said that last year was the largest single-year increase in overdose fatalities ever reported in the United States with more than 93,000 deaths in 2020.