COVID-19 on pace to become third-leading cause of death in state
Cronkite News, Farah Eltohamy
July 31, 2020 at 3:30PM
COVID-19 appears to have already eclipsed opioid deaths, which was the headline-grabbing epidemic of recent years. The health department reports that 6,500 people have died of an apparent opioid overdose since June 15, 2017, a rate of less than 2,200 deaths a year on average.