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A new analysis has revealed a sharp rise in overdose-related cardiac arrests in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The overall rates this year were elevated above the baseline from 2018 and 2019 by about 50%, suggest the data. Investigators leveraged data from the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS), which is a large registry of more than 10,000 EMS agencies across 47 states, representing over 80% of all EMS calls nationally in 2020. The data were used to track shifts in overdose-related cardiac arrests observed by EMS. There appeared to be a large-scale surge in overdose-related deaths during the pandemic. The overall rate of overdose-related cardiac arrests in 2020 was nearly 50% higher than the trends observed during 2018 and 2019, with a maximum peak of 123% above baseline reached in early May. The results are published December 3 in JAMA Psychiatry… (Medscape)