First 12 Months of Covid Sharia Saw 22,000 Extra US Overdose Deaths, a Rise of 28 Percent
South Dakota one of rare states where drug deaths actually decreased — by a whopping 17%
The U.S.’s national drug problem has reached a harrowing mark.
From April 2020 to April 2021, the first full year of the COVID-19 pandemic, a total of 100,306 Americans died of drug overdoses, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is the first time that more than 100,000 overdose deaths were reported over a 12-month period.
This is also a 28.5 percent increase from the 78,056 overdose deaths recorded between April 2019 and April 2020.
Drug abuse, and specifically opioid abuse, has long been an issue in America, and the [insane response to the] pandemic proved to be a setback in the nation’s battle against overdoses.
In a statement on Tuesday, President Joe Biden called the figured a ‘tragic milestone.’
‘As we continue to make strides to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot overlook this epidemic of loss, which has touched families and communities across the country,’ the statement read.
‘As we grieve those we’ve lost and honor their memories, my Administration is committed to doing everything in our power to address addiction and end the overdose epidemic.’
The report, published on Wednesday, finds that opioids are the biggest culprit for the surge in opioid deaths.
More than 75 percent, or 75,673, of overdose deaths during the lockdown were caused by opioids.
It is an increase of around 50 percent from the 56,064 opioid deaths recorded over the previous 12 months.
Vermont suffered the largest increase in overdose deaths, with the 211 deaths during the first year of lockdowns being an 85 percent increase over the previous year.
West Virginia (62 percent), Kentucky (57 percent) and Louisiana (56 percent) were among the largest increase as well.
In total, 15 states recorded increases of more than 40 percent year-over-year.
Not all states recorded rises in overdose deaths, though.
South Dakota reported a 17 percent decrease in overdose deaths, from 77 during lockdowns to 93 the year before.
New Jersey also reported a one percent decrease, and New Hampshire a 2.8 percent drop.
West Virginia also recorded the most overdose deaths per capita, with 87.19 for every 100,000 residents – a figure that dwarfs other states.
The Appalachian Mountain region was struck hardest the the surge in deaths, with many states in the area finding themselves among the leaders in death rate.
South Carolina (69.47 deaths per 100,000), Kentucky (51.46), Tennessee (50.29), Maryland (46.55), Ohio (46.53) and Pennsylvania (42) are also among the leaders.
While not in the Appalachian region, Louisiana (47.61) and New Mexico (41.13) were also among the top ten states in overdose deaths per capita.
South Dakota, with 8.68, is the only state where the rate of deaths for every 100,000 residents was below ten.
The figures break a newly-set record from only three months ago.
In August, the CDC reported that 93,000 people had died overdose deaths in 2020.
At the time, it was a staggering figure, and the most ever recorded in a single year.
‘This is the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period, and the largest increase since at least 1999,’ said Dr Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in a statement in August.
She said that the disruptions to every day life, and stressors caused by the pandemic were among the reasons opioid deaths sharply increased during the pandemic.
‘This has been an incredibly uncertain and stressful time for many people and we are seeing an increase in drug consumption, difficulty in accessing life-saving treatments for substance use disorders, and a tragic rise in overdose deaths.
‘As we continue to address both the COVID-19 pandemic and the opioid crisis, we must prioritize making treatment options more widely available to people with substance use disorders.’
The updated figure being reported removes the start of 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic had begun, and adds the January and February months where the pandemic was at its worst to the figures.
In 2020, over 60 percent of opioid deaths were attributable to synthetic versions of the drug, after accounting for less than one in five the previous year.
During the first year of COVID-19 lockdowns, an estimated 63 percent of drug overdose deaths were a result of synthetic opioids.
Around a quarter of the deaths, 26 percent, were caused by psychostimulants that have abuse potential and 20 percent were cocaine overdoses.
Methadone accounted for nearly four percent of overdoses.
In his statement, Biden said his administration is working on expanding health care coverage so Americans experiencing additions can receive treatment for substance use disorder and mental health.
‘We are strengthening prevention, promoting harm reduction, expanding treatment, and supporting people in recovery, as well as reducing the supply of harmful substances in our communities. substance use disorder and mental health. And we won’t let up,’ the statement read.
‘To all those families who have mourned a loved one and to all those people who are facing addiction or are in recovery: you are in our hearts, and you are not alone. Together, we will turn the tide on this epidemic.’
Source: The Daily Mail