U.S. overdose deaths surged during the first half of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

More than 87,200 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses, primarily related to opioids, in a 12-month period from September 2019 to September 2020, according to the data published Wednesday (April 16).  But officials predict there were likely more than 3,000 additional deaths due to overdose that weren’t officially reported.



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