Drug Overdose Deaths Drastically Increase Amid Pandemic Published February 19, 2021 at 1:33 PM EST Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Listen • 3:51 Drug overdose deaths have drastically increased since the start of the pandemic. Usha Lee McFarling, a correspondent for STAT, explains why. This article was originally published on WBUR.org. Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.