The number of Californians who were admitted into addiction treatment centers dramatically fell amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
They found that the number of admittances declined by nearly 30 percent over 2020.
It comes on the heels of a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which found that a record 93,000 drug overdose deaths occurred last year, a 29.4 percent increase over the 72,000 from 2019.
There was a 28% reduction in admittances into addiction treatment centers in California during the pandemic. The decrease is paired with a spike in opioid deaths around the country
Provisional CDC data show there were 93,331 drug overdose deaths recorded in the U.S. in 2020, a 29.4% jump from 72,151 deaths reported in 2019
For the study, published in JAMA Network Open on Wednesday, the team looked at data from January 2019 through October 2020 at treatment centers across the state.
They counted March 2020 through October 2020 as being part of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the 14 previous