Overdoses soar by nearly 30 percent in US, breaking record for second year in a row – CDC

Overdoses soar by nearly 30 percent in US, breaking record for second year in a row – CDC



The US has set a second consecutive record for number of deaths by drug overdose; with totals climbing 29.6% over last year’s record-setting figures.

Some 96,779 Americans died of drug overdoses over the last 12-month period counted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; a report released by the agency this month has revealed.


The record-setting number of deaths surpasses what were already record-setting figures from the year; before as the nation’s drug crisis shows no signs of slowing down.


The sky-high figure represents an uptick of 30.8% from last year’s numbers, and the CDC’s report repeatedly stresses that its numbers are “underreported due to incomplete data”; – meaning the final figures could be significantly more, especially with so many healthcare resources still dedicated to the Covid-19 outbreak.


The state that experienced the worst spike in drug deaths was Vermont, where casualties surged a whopping 85.1%. Just three states; – South Dakota, New Hampshire, and New Jersey – reported decreases in overdose deaths, and South Dakota by far showed the most improvement with a 16.3% drop.

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Despite a handful of bright spots in the dreary stats; overdose deaths have reportedly surpassed deaths from guns and car crashes for years.


Some analysts have linked the rise in overdose deaths to the Covid-19 pandemic; which has kept needy addicts away from therapy and distant families from seeing each other.


Worse than the crippling loneliness many have felt at prolonged lockdowns; the accompanying financial tsunami has forced comfortably middle class families into breadlines across the nation.


Self-reported rates of anxiety alone nearly quadrupled between January 2019 and 2021; clocking in at 41%, and with 48.6% of US residents consuming at least one prescription drug in the last 30 days; it’s clear that the tendency to self-medicate is almost as American as apple pie.


Even as attempts are made to rein in bad actors like the Sackler family; whose Purdue Pharma unleashed the opioid epidemic more than two decades ago, have had limited use.


Many of the hundreds of thousands of people who became addicted to painkillers; when they were being handed out for wholly inappropriate conditions have ‘graduated’ to heroin and other stronger drugs; including the deadly synthetic fentanyl.

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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