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.
The most recent data available from the CDC indicates that approximately 81,230 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in the 12-months ending in May 2020. This is the largest number of drug overdoses for a 12-month period ever recorded.
Synthetic opioids are the primary driver of the increases in overdose deaths. The 12-month count of synthetic opioid deaths increased 38.4% from the 12-months ending in June 2019 compared with the 12-months ending in May 2020. Overdose deaths involving cocaine also increased by 26.5% for the same period, and are primarily related to overdose deaths that involved both cocaine and synthetic opioids. These deaths are likely linked to co-use of cocaine among people injecting opioids such as illicitly manufactured fentanyl or heroin. Overdose deaths involving psychostimulants, such as methamphetamine, have been increasing with and without synthetic opioid co-use and at a rate faster than overdose deaths involving cocaine, increasing by 34.8% from the 12-months ending in June 2019 compared to the 12-months ending in May 2020.
Addiction has been an ongoing national health crisis, and has now been fueled by the pandemic creating even greater tragedies.
If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, please get help now. It's dangerous out there. You could unknowingly be using drugs that are much stronger than you think . . . drugs that can quickly take your life.
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