"The increases in drug overdose deaths appear to have accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic," the CDC said in a statement.
Overdose deaths were rising steadily before the lockdowns. During the 12-month period ending in May last year, 81,230 people died from accidental drug overdoses, the largest 12-month total ever recorded. Men accounted for the overwhelming majority of the deaths, at 81 percent. Twenty-seven percent of the victims didn't have a fixed address.