On December 17, 2020, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) published a lengthy public health advisory regarding the substantial increases in drug overdose deaths across the United States, primarily driven by rapid increases in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids, likely illicitly manufactured fentanyl. The largest increase recorded was March 2020 to May 2020, coinciding with the implementation of widespread mitigation measures for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roughly 80 million Americans experience periods of time when they have trouble sleeping. Lack of sleep affects our mood, immune system, blood pressure, and often results in difficulty concentrating and remembering things. Sleep is important for your overall good health and well-being.
If you are experiencing sleeplessness and are seeking medication from your doctor, or are already taking medication, you should be aware of the dangers of using Ambien and other related sedatives. You should also be aware that mixing alcohol and sedatives can be a deadly combination.
New data from the collaborative Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, a federal initiative that tracks data through EMS, ambulance, hospitals, and police, shows that fatal and non-fatal overdoses were 18 percent higher in March of this year than March of 2019, 29 percent higher this April, and 42 percent higher this May.