Record High Drug Overdoses in One Year Span

CDC releases overdose numbers through May 2020.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the amount of people who overdosed on illicit substances was higher than any yearlong period on record. The agency reported that over 80,000 died of drug overdoses through May of 2020.

“The disruption to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit those with substance use disorder hard,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield. “As we continue the fight to end this pandemic, it’s important to not lose sight of different groups being affected in other ways. We need to take care of people suffering from unintended consequences.”

“The increase in overdose deaths is concerning,” said National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Director Deb Houry. “CDC’s Injury Center continues to help and support communities responding to the evolving overdose crisis. Our priority is to do everything we can to equip people on the ground to save lives in their communities.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the CDC to care for all disease threats during concerns surrounding the pandemic.
  • For the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control as they seek to preserve American life.
  • For the president’s administration as the opioid crisis continues to be addressed.

Sources: CDC, The Hill


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