I saw this today on The Washington Post – U.S. surpasses record 100,000 overdose deaths in 2021: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/05/11/drug-overdose-deaths-cdc-numbers/. Longer article. This number is disturbing to say the least.
By Meryl Kornfield May 11, 2022
More Americans died of drug overdoses in 2021 than any previous year, a grim milestone in an epidemic that has now claimed 1 million lives in the 21st century, according to federal data released Wednesday.
More than 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2021, up 15 percent from the previous year, according to the figures released by the National Center for Health Statistics. The soberingtally reflects challenges exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic: lost access to treatment, social isolation and a more potent drug supply.
More than 80,000 people died using opioids, including prescription pain pills and fentanyl, a deadly drug 100 times as powerful as morphine and increasingly present in other drugs. Deaths from methamphetamine and cocaine also rose.
This is a crisis
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