In the United States, deaths from drug overdoses reached a record high of 93,000 in 2020, mainly due to increased opioid use during the pandemic, official data showed on Wednesday.
A provisional tally from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System showed 93,331 deaths for the 12 months ending December 2020, a historic high and up 29.4% from the previous year. ‘last year.
Opioids, primarily illicitly manufactured fentanyl, were responsible for 69,710 of the deaths, a trend consistent with that of recent years.
Deaths involving psychostimulants with potential for abuse, such as methamphetamine, were also on the rise.
Deaths have increased in almost every state, with the biggest peaks seen in Vermont, Kentucky, South Carolina, West Virginia and California.
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in many increased stressors, including financial hardship, social isolation and disruption of school and health care, according to a recent report from the Well Being Trust.
Former CDC director Robert Redfield said in December that people with substance use disorders are particularly affected by disruptions to daily life, and that the agency is working with states to guide them. prevention and treatment strategies.
More than 500,000 Americans have died of opioid overdoses – prescription and over-the-counter – since 1999.
Corporate drugmakers like Purdue Pharma have been sued on criminal charges for their efforts to push unnecessary sales of prescription opioids, which has fueled a nationwide addiction crisis.
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