Pain and Isolation Are Driving America’s Lockdown Overdose Surge

February 19, 2021

(Vice) – The pandemic has been an accelerant in a record era for drug overdose deaths. Between May 2019 and May 2020, according to CDC data, more than 80,000 Americans—the highest number ever—died from drug ODs, a rise of nearly 20%. The most pronounced jump in deaths during this period occurred between March and May last year, when COVID-19 lockdowns took effect. Unfortunately, those numbers from early in the crisis are almost certainly going to get much worse.