CDC Media Briefing — New Vital Signs Report – Overdose deaths show historic increase: How can we address widening disparities and save lives?

Media Advisory

Embargoed Until: Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 1:00 PM ET
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Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a historic 30% increase in overdose deaths in the United States from 2019 to 2020. In one year, overdose death rates increased 44% for Black people and 39% for American Indian and Alaska Native people, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. Join us to learn more about these new findings and what can be done to prevent overdose deaths and related disparities.


Debra E. Houry, M.D., M.P.H., CDC Acting Principal Deputy Director and Director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Mbabazi Kariisa, Ph.D., M.P.H., Health Scientist, CDC’s Division of Overdose Prevention


Tuesday, July 19, at 12:00 p.m. ET



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