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U.S. deaths by drug overdose skyrocketed in 2020 to highest level ever – HotAir

U.S. deaths by drug overdose skyrocketed in 2020 to highest level ever – HotAir

It’s the biggest increase in overdose deaths in the history of the United States, it’s the worst overdose crisis in the history of the United States, and we’re not making progress.” John anticipated today’s CDC release in a post last month when he wrote about a study published in a medical journal estimating a massive increase in overdose deaths in 2020.It shows overdose deaths from all drugs, but not all drugs are contributing equally to the rash of fatalities.Worse, some are overdosing on fentanyl without even realizing that they’re taking it: Nora Volkow, head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said in an interview that fentanyl has so thoroughly infiltrated the illegal drug supply that 70 percent of cocaine overdose deaths and 50 percent of methamphetamine overdose deaths also involved fentanyl.

The upward trend in overdose deaths from cocaine and meth (“psychostimulants with abuse potential”) in the second graph above may also be chiefly due to users not realizing that those drugs have been cut with fentanyl.Finally, lockdowns and voluntary social distancing last year plus the demands of coping with COVID meant that health-care personnel and addicts couldn’t connect as often, leaving some to spiral: Understaffed local health departments that had been leading prevention and recovery efforts shifted to testing and tracing the coronavirus.

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