Discover the Latest Overdose Statistics & Find Out What Can Be Done to Lower Drug-Related Deaths Going Forward.
Today’s newspapers are often filled with stories about local drug overdose deaths.
The issue has continued to be a major problem in both urban and rural areas of the country. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported
that over 93,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2020, a significant increase from the 72,000 deaths in 2019.
That was the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a single year, and it represents a 29.4% increase from the previous year. But since then, the numbers have only gotten worse, not better.
A total of 98,268 people died from drug overdoses in 2021, which was a 17.6% increase from the previous record, According to The National Safety Council
As for 2022 numbers, they are not officially available yet, but an estimated 79,117 Americans died from drug overdoses between January and September 2022, according to the Commonwealth Fund
.That number was 50 percent higher than pre-2020 levels, the Commonwealth Fund said