NEW YORK (AP) — More than 107,000 Americans died of drug overdoses final yr, setting one other tragic report within the nation’s escalating overdose epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated Wednesday.
The provisional 2021 complete interprets to roughly one U.S. overdose loss of life each 5 minutes. It marked a 15% improve from the earlier report, set the yr earlier than. The CDC opinions loss of life certificates after which makes an estimate to account for delayed and incomplete reporting.
Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, referred to as the most recent numbers “truly staggering.”
U.S. overdose deaths have risen most years for greater than 20 years. The improve started within the Nineties with overdoses involving opioid painkillers, adopted by waves of deaths led by different opioids like heroin and — most not too long ago — illicit fentanyl.
Last yr, overdoses involving fentanyl and different artificial opioids surpassed 71,000, up 23% from the yr earlier than. There additionally was a 23% improve in deaths involving cocaine and a 34% improve in deaths involving meth and different stimulants.
Overdose deaths are sometimes attributed to multiple drug. Some individuals take a number of medicine and cheap fentanyl has been more and more minimize into different medicine, usually with out the consumers’ data, officers say.
“The net effect is that we have many more people, including those who use drugs occasionally and even adolescents, exposed to these potent substances that can cause someone to overdose even with a relatively small exposure,” Volkow mentioned in an announcement.
Experts say the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issue as lockdowns and different restrictions remoted these with drug addictions and made therapy tougher to get.
Overdose loss of life traits are geographically uneven. Alaska noticed a 75% improve in 2021 — the biggest leap of any state. In Hawaii, overdose deaths fell by 2%.
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