Amid spike in opioid overdoses, momentum for reform wavers

Overdose deaths are surging during the pandemic, but proposals to prevent fatalities through supervised drug use are facing new obstacles
Bloomberg CityLab (US)
Monday, August 31, 2020

us philly overdose prevention siteU.S. states and cities are seeing increases in opioid-related overdose deaths A paper issued by the American Medical Association this summer found that 41 states had reported spikes in overdose deaths during the pandemic. As of mid-July, for example, more than 1,100 residents in the Chicago area had died from opioid-related overdoses in 2020, about double the number during the same period in 2019, according to ProPublica. By August, opioid overdoses in South Carolina had increased 50% over the same period last year. In some cities, current estimates are that these deaths could far exceed those from Covid-19. But despite these increasing death tolls, much of the recent political momentum behind calls for safe injection sites in the U.S. has faded as public health priorities shift.