Drug overdose deaths rose during the 1st months of 2020: CDC

10/18/2020 10:02:00 AM

While coverage of the country's opioid epidemic has taken a backseat to the coronavirus this year, new numbers from the CDC forecast a grim year for fatal overdoses.

, when there were 16,682 overdose deaths, 19,416 Americans died of drug overdoses between January and March of 2020.In total, the CDC estimates that there will be more than 75,500 fatal overdoses by the end of the year.White men between the ages of 25 and 64 were more likely to die of drug overdoses than other demographics.

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Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images, FILEThis illustration image shows tablets of opioid painkiller Oxycodon delivered on medical prescription taken, Sept. 18, 2019, in Washington, DC.This illustration image shows tablets of opioid painkiller Oxycodon delivered on medical prescription taken, Sept. 18, 2019, in Washington, DC.

MORE: Gun suicide rates were rising even before the pandemic: CDCThe data are considered preliminary because drug overdose deaths often require lengthy investigations.When fatal overdoses occur, coroners and medical examiners may initially label death certificates"pending investigation" or"unknown" for the cause of death, according to the agency, and preliminary counts often underestimate the actual number of deaths.

MORE: Gun violence spike and pandemic gun-buying boom may be linked: ResearchStill, the early data does not paint a full picture of how the pandemic will affect drug overdose fatalities. For many Americans, the pandemic is synonymous with social isolation, financial stress and job loss, medical concerns or deaths among family and friends.

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