US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year NEW YORK (AP) — Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday. That estimate far eclipses the high of about 72,000 drug overdose deaths reached the previous year and am Drug overdose deaths at record levels in America during Covid pandemicThe number of people dying of a drug overdose in the US rose to a record high during the pandemic, researchers say.Newly published data shows that more than 93,000 people died from a drug overdose Fentanyl pushes US drug deaths to record levels with 93,000 fatal overdoses last yearPandemic-related lockdowns and stronger drugs are blamed for a record number of overdose deaths in the US. Drug overdose deaths hit all-time high in USThe COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated America’s opioid crisis. Drug overdose deaths hit highest number ever recorded, CDC data showsDrug overdose deaths rose by close to 30% in the US in 2020, hitting the highest number ever recorded, the CDC reported Wednesday. US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last yearOverdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic Drug overdose deaths hit all-time record number in 2020Experts see the global pandemic as another catalyst for the already surging public health crisis. ‘Staggering loss’: Overdose deaths spike in US during pandemicThe US was already fighting a serious opioid epidemic; the pandemic exacerbated the crisis, new statistics show.