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Opioid overdoses rose during pandemic

Early data for 2020 shows that the number of opioid overdoses rose significantly during the course of the pandemic. Whether there's a connection is still up in the air.

More people overdosed on opioids – including heroin, fentanyl, and OxyContin – in 2020 than in previous years. That’s the suggestion of preliminary data from the University of Michigan.

The U of M Injury Prevention Center tracks overdose data for every county in Michigan via an online dashboard.

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As of New Year’s Eve, 2,141 in Michigan had died of an opioid overdose during 2020. That’s compared to 2,036 in 2018. Data from March to September showed 15% increase in overdoses compared to the same period in 2019.

There is much speculation that the pandemic and related stay-at-home measures may have led to the rise in overdoses, but experts insist it’s impossible to make that connection.

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