Minnesota drug overdose deaths jump 27%
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May 4, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic helped fuel a 27% increase in drug overdose deaths in Minnesota last year.
Overdose fatalities reached 1,008 in 2020, with the first large increase coming in March as the state saw its first coronavirus cases and deaths, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
The onset of a previously unknown virus that already had taken many lives across the world led many treatment and outreach resources to abruptly shut down, limiting access and support to those with substance use disorders.