Report: COVID-19 Could Lead to a Surge in Overdose Deaths

Jul 29, 2020 | Julia Zigman (she/her)

A recent article in Hep Magazine warns that the COVID-19 pandemic could worsen a rise in overdose deaths.

Analysis by the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) found that 62% of participating counties reported a rise in suspected overdoses after March 19, when states began imposing stay-at-home orders; subsequent analysis by the Washington Post found that suspected overdoses nationwide rose by 18% in March, by 29% in April and by 42% in May compared with the respective months a year earlier.

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About Julia Zigman (she/her)

Julia Zigman is a Program Analyst on the NACCHO HIV, STI, & Viral Hepatitis team. Julia focuses primarily on NACCHO’s Ending the HIV Epidemic portfolio and is a lead staff member for the HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis Workgroup. Learn more about these programs here.

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