The Deadliest Year in the History of U.S. Drug Use

America’s overdose crisis is taking more lives than ever before. Overdose deaths in 2019 jumped nearly 5 percent higher than 2018, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC estimates the largest overdose spike happened from March to May of last year, which coincides with the beginning of the pandemic when the economy collapsed, lockdowns were imposed and social distancing became a new way of life. In addition to those stressors, public-health experts also suggest that isolation during the pandemic has led more people to use drugs alone with no one around to revive them or call 911 if they overdose.

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