Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-07-14 21:26:00 –
New York (AP) — In the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic, overdose deaths surged to a record 93,000 last year.
The· Government estimate Released on Wednesday, it surpassed 72,000 drug overdose deaths in 2019, an increase of 29%.
A total of 53% of Kentucky’s 2020 deaths were due to overdose of more than 2,000 people. In 2019, more than 1,300 people died from overdose in Kentucky.
Kentucky was the second most common and had the highest rate of death from overdose.
Vermont saw the highest percentage in the country at 57.6%
According to doctors at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the country has seen the largest increase in overdose deaths since 1999.
Experts say blockades and other pandemic restrictions have made drug addicts isolated and difficult to treat.
Prescription painkillers once caused an opioid epidemic in the United States, but are now a dangerously powerful opioid, fentanyl.
Overdose deaths in 2020 were just one of the deadliest years in US history, with approximately 378,000 people due to COVID-19.