Drug Overdose Deaths Up 30% in Pandemic Year

Deaths from all types of drug overdoses increased by a staggering 30% over a one-year period, Nora Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), reported at the FDA Science Forum.

Data from the National Center for Health Statistics from October 2019 to October 2020 shows that mortality from overdoses from all types of drugs increased 30%. Among those overdose deaths in both years, more than half came from synthetic opiates. There was also a 46% increase in overdose deaths from other psychostimulants, mainly methamphetamine, and a 38% increase in deaths from cocaine overdoses.

Read more: https://www.medpagetoday.com/psychiatry/addictions/92876

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