By all accounts, the opioid overdose epidemic is getting worse. A recent study published in JAMA which analyzed emergency department visits (ED) found overdoses were up 29% from March to October of 2020 versus the same period for the previous year. In Connecticut, the medical examiner’s office has found 1259 people have died of overdose compared with 1200 in 2019, with an additional cases still pending test results.
Opioid overdoses 29% higher in 2020 than before the pandemic: Study
Fatal Unintentional Drug Overdose Report Key Findings of Drug Overdose Decedents, 2019 – January 2021
Connecticut has released its final numbers for 2020. Overdose deaths reached a new high -1374, up 14.6% from the previous year.
Connecticut Accidental Drug Intoxication Deaths Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
If we want to decrease opioid overdose deaths, we have to understand why people die from these deaths, and then take bold steps to address those causes.
As a paramedic who has responded to opioid overdoses with increasing frequency over the last twenty-five...
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