HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — More than 107,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, setting yet another record in the nation’s overdose epidemic. Alabama saw a 30% increase in these deaths.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose deaths increased nationally by 15% from the previous year.
Last year, the state of Alabama reported 1,286 deadly drug overdoses, which is up from the 989 reported in 2020. On top of deadly overdoses, the number of non-fatal overdoses in the state increased by 38%.
In 2022, 14 overdose deaths have been reported in Houston County. Experts say many drug overdoses throughout the state go unreported, making it hard to come up with an actual number.
Experts believe the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the problem and that lockdowns and other restrictions isolated those with drug addictions making it harder for them to get treatment.