Drug overdose deaths have surged during pandemic, CDC data shows

As the COVID-19 pandemic killed more than a half-million Americans, it also quietly inflamed what already was one of the country’s greatest public health crises: drug addiction.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 87,000 people died of drug overdoses in the 12 months ending in September 2020 — the latest figures available.

That toll is the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a year, since the opioid epidemic began in the 1990s, The New…

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