As pandemic started, US fatal overdoses soared in the first quarter of 2020, new data show

PHILADELPHIA — In the first three months of 2020, fatal drug overdoses nationwide rose by about 16%, compared with the same period a year before, new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.The new figures cover preliminary reports of fatal overdoses around the country from January through March, the month when the first lockdowns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic began.Pennsylvania saw about a 4% increase in drug deaths in the 12-month period between March 2019 and March 2020, compared with the previous 12-month period. New Jersey’s figures jumped 2% in that time…

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