CDC data shows drug overdose deaths slowing after hitting record high in 2021

The rate of drug overdose deaths has slowed from a record-high level, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC estimated that 107,735 estimated overdose deaths occurred in the 12-month period ending July 2022.

If the numbers are confirmed, it would be the ninth consecutive month the rate of overdose deaths has slowed, and the fourth consecutive month the 12-month rolling total has decreased, the White House said in a statement Wednesday. .

The highest number of deaths ever recorded was for the 12-month period ending in March 2022: provisional figures estimated that there had been more than 110,000 deaths in that period. The CDC’s new numbers mark a decrease of 2.27% from that high.

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However, overdose deaths are still surprisingly high: According to the CDC, drug overdose deaths increased by 31% from 2019 to 2020, when 91,799 people died. The increase in overdose deaths is attributed to the effects of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, in the country. drug supply, The CDC has also reported an increase in methamphetamine-related deaths and polysubstance use.

In a statement, Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said President Biden’s administration is focused on “connecting more people with addictions to the care they need” and preventing fatal overdoses naloxone, a drug that could reverse opioid overdoses, as well as target drug distributors. The administration also recently announced a dashboard that would track nonfatal overdoses.

“To strengthen our nation’s response, last week, we launched a first-of-its-kind data dashboard to track nonfatal overdoses — a key predictor for future fatal overdoses — that will help first responders, service providers and Will help policy makers. Save lives. All these actions are critical to beating the overdose epidemic,” Gupta said.

According to the dashboard, there have been more than 175,000 non-fatal overdoses in the last 365 days, which shows a decrease of 2% nationwide.

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