The worst of the deaths occurred with bandhs and other measures taken to control the epidemic, the CDC said in a health warning.
Data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) indicated that there were approximately 81,230 drug overdose deaths in the US over that period.
“This represents a worsening of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States and has the largest number of drug overdoses for a period of 12 months,” the CDC alert stated.
The most common are overdoses from synthetic opioids such as illegally manufactured fentanyl. The CDC said deaths from drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine also increased.
And the number seems serious. “The 12-month count of synthetic opioid deaths increased by 38.4% from the 12 months ending in June 2019,” the CDC said.
It saw a 98% increase in deaths from synthetic opioids in 10 western states, due to the greater availability of these drugs in that region. He said that after a decline of 4.1% from 2017 to 2018, the number of overdose deaths increased by 18.2% in the 12 months ending in June 2019 to 12 months ending in May 2020.
The agency says that people should be educated about the risk of using drugs alone.
“These newly released provisional fatal overdue data, coupled with disruption to public health, health care, and social services as a result of the Kovid-19 epidemic and related mitigation measures, highlight the need for the services needed to remain accessible to those most Are. Risk of overdose and prevention and response activities need to be expanded, “the agency said.
Recommendations include expanding the use of the overdose drug naloxone. The CDC said that expanding locations that have an abundance of preventive education and take-home naloxone is particularly important in rural areas.