Coronavirus pandemic causes rise in drug overdose deaths, preliminary CDC data shows

Drug overdose deaths saw a significant increase during the first few months of 2020, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Preliminary data from the federal agency shows that overdose deaths have increased by about 10%, with the CDC estimating that the country could see more than 75,500 drug-related deaths this year. (For context, in 2019, overdose deaths in the country rose 4.6% to 70,980. An estimated 50,042 of those deaths involved…

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