A report published by the CDC mid- November has shown that the United States has reached a record high in overdose deaths. A vast majority of these deaths are contributed to opioids, mainly fentanyl, and experts agree that the already deadly effects of these drugs have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
- During the 12-month period ending April 2021, more than 100,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States.
- This is a 28.5% increase from this same period a year ago.
- Nearly two-thirds (64%) of all drug overdose deaths in the 12-month period ending April 2021 were opioid related.
- This is a massive jump from the 49% figure from last year.
Experts say that, along with the heightened stress of the pandemic, which increases drug abuse, closed borders have created less room for non-synthetic opiates to be smuggled in from other countries, leaving dealers with no choice to produce the synthetic, deadly alternative.
Simply put, fentanyl is even more dangerous opioid available at an even lower price than non-synthetic. With fentanyl being even stronger and faster acting than its counterparts, it is entirely possible to overdose on much, much smaller amounts. This, of course, was a concern long before COVID-19, but the pandemic has seen more and more individuals turning to fentanyl use, many times unknowingly.
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