New York Times quotes Prevention Point Philadelphia on spike in overdose deaths

Jul 14, 2021 | Prevention Point

New York Times writers Josh Katz and Margot Sanger-Katz quoted Prevention Point Philadelphia’s Executive Director, José Benitez, in an important article about the rise in drug overdose deaths in the U.S. Benitez is a respected harm reduction expert.

‘It’s Huge, It’s Historic, It’s Unheard-of’: Drug Overdose Deaths Spike

As Covid raged, so did the country’s other epidemic. Drug overdose deaths rose nearly 30 percent in 2020 to a record 93,000, according to preliminary statistics released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s the largest single-year increase recorded.

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