By Diana Chandler
ATLANTA — Drug overdose deaths reached an all-time high in the United States in 2020, rising nearly 30 percent to more than 93,000, according to the latest provisional numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Among factors impacting the rising deaths are the isolation and loneliness suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more 611,000 people nationwide, medical experts and addiction recovery ministries such as Celebrate Recovery have said.
Trevor Truitt, a recovered addict and pastor of the Arabi, La., campus of Celebration Church in greater New Orleans, said at least four members of the church’s Celebrate Recovery group died of overdoses in 2020.
“There were a lot of relapses that happened,” he told Baptist Press late last year. “It’s taking a toll on our people.” [Read more…]