It is estimated that more than 100,000 Americans die each year, a health milestone that health officials say is linked to the COVID-19 epidemic. And with the most dangerous distribution of drugs.
Excessive deaths, which have been on the rise for more than two decades, have accelerated over the past two years and, according to new data released on Wednesday, It has increased by almost 30% in the last year.
Experts believe that the main factors Prevalence of deadly fentanyl in illicit drug distribution and Govt-19 epidemic, Which socially isolated many drug users and made them unable to seek treatment or other support.
The figure is “Disaster”, Said Katherine Keys, Is an expert on issues related to drug abuse at Columbia University. “The highest number of deaths we have ever seen in this country”.
Drug levels are now higher than deaths from traffic accidents, guns and the flu and pneumonia. Overall it is close to diabetes, which is the seventh leading cause of death in the country.
Based on the latest death certificate data, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between May 2020 and April 2021, 100,300 Americans died from drug overdose.. This is not an official account. Drug-related death inquiries can take months to finalize, so the company has made an estimate based on the 98,000 reports it has received so far.
The CDC had previously stated that there was 93,000 overdose deaths by 2020, the highest number ever recorded in a calendar year. Robert Anderson, head of the CDC’s death statistics, said the 2021 figure would be more than 100,000.
New data shows that Many deaths are related to illegal fentanyl, The most dangerous opioid that has been the subject of a large number of fatalities over the past five years, surpassing heroin. The kidnappers mixed fentanyl with other drugs and drank it Methamphetamine and cocaine deaths are also on the rise.
The CDC has not yet calculated the racial and ethnic degradation of the victims.
Estimated deaths have increased in all but four states: Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey and South Dakota, Compared to the same period of the previous year. States with the highest increase Vermont (70%), Virginia Occidental (62%) and Kentucky (55%).
Minnesota increased by approximately 39%, Estimated excess deaths will rise 1,188 during the period from May 2020 to April 2021, Was 858 in the previous 12 months.
(With AP info)