Updated: March 17, 2021 05:27 PM
Created: March 17, 2021 03:08 PM
(NBCNC/WHEC) — New government data continues to reveal a rise in drug overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics released preliminary numbers from August of 2019 to August of 2020.
They show a nearly 27% increase in deaths linked to drug overdose compared to the same period a year earlier.
The report also shows drug overdose death rates are higher in urban areas in all but five states: California, Connecticut, North Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.
News10NBC pulled data from the same time period for Monroe County to see if our area followed the trend.
We found no increase or decrease in opioid overdose deaths in Monroe County.
There were 148 overdose deaths from August 2019 to August 2020 snd 148 overdose deaths from August 2018 to August 2019.
Non-fatal overdoses actually appear to have decreased during the pandemic.
There were 874 overdoses from August 2019 to August 2020 and 1,015 overdoses from August 2018 to August 2019.
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