(TargetLiberty.org) – Drug overdose deaths in the US have surged to a new high, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It’s a huge increase at almost a third more than numbers from the previous year.
In the past 12 months, 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, according to new provisional data from CDC. There are no quick fixes to the overdose epidemic. We must reduce fentanyl supply, increase access to treatment and continue to improve management of pain and addiction.
— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrTomFrieden) November 18, 2021
On November 17, senior CDC official Robert Anderson told reporters the latest figures show 100,306 overdose deaths in the year up to the end of April. That’s a 28.5% increase on 2020’s numbers, with three-quarters of the deaths caused by opioids. The biggest killer is illegally manufactured Fentanyl, which is 50 times stronger than heroin and rapidly taking over the traditional hard drug market.
A report from The Wall Street Journal points out that the COVID-19 pandemic has helped push drug deaths up. Drug user advocates reportedly say drug addicts who were already struggling to stay sober have been isolated, cutting them off from support networks. The pandemic has also made it harder to get medical treatment, so people have turned to illegal drugs for pain relief – often with tragic consequences. However, many of the anti-COVID restrictions have now lapsed, and drug deaths are still rising.
The CDC statistics show drug-related deaths have climbed in 46 states and Washington, DC. The highest rise of all was in Vermont, which saw a 70% jump. Illegal drugs are flooding into the US through our borders, and tens of thousands of Americans are paying the price with their lives.
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