National Drug Overdose Deaths Surge to Record Level

After U.S. drug overdose deaths fell for the first time in 25 years in 2018, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week indicated deaths surged to record levels in 2019 and are continuing to climb. The CDC reports that projected deaths from drug overdoses increased to nearly 72,000 deaths or 4.8 percent from 2018. Notably, increases in overdose deaths from illicit drugs including methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl have contributed most significantly to the projected overall increase in 2019. In 2019, California realized a projected 15.9 percent increase in drug overdose deaths.

The full preliminary data release from the CDC is available here.