The US recorded more than 100,000 drug overdose deaths in the first year of Covid bans

The US national drug problem has reached a staggering limit.

From April 2020 to April 2021, the first full year of the COVID-19 pandemic, a total of 100,306 Americans died from 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 deaths from overdose have been 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.

Substance abuse, and opioid abuse in particular, has long been an issue in America, and the pandemic proved to be a setback in the nation’s fight against overdoses.

In a statement on Tuesday, President Joe Biden described the number as a “tragic milestone”.

“As we continue to make strides in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot overlook this epidemic of loss that has affected families and communities across the country,” the statement said.

“As we mourn and honor those we have lost and their memories, my government has a duty to do everything in our power to fight addiction and end the overdose epidemic.”

From April 2020 through April 2021, more than 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, the most ever recorded in a single 12 month period. More than 78,000 of these deaths were caused by opioids

States in the country’s Appalachian region are hardest hit by drug overdoses, with West Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Pennsylvania topping the list in overdose deaths per 100,000 population

Vermont reported the largest increase in overdose deaths at 88% (dark orange). In total, 15 US states saw increases of 40% or more. Three states, South Dakota, New Jersey, and New Hampshire (in blue) saw decreases in the first year of lockdown

The report released on Wednesday finds opioids to be the biggest culprit behind the surge in opioid deaths.

More than 75 percent or 75,673 of overdose deaths during lockdown were caused by opioids.

That’s an increase of around 50 percent from the 56,064 opioid deaths recorded in the past 12 months.


Prescription opioids and illegal drugs are incredibly widespread in the US and things are only getting worse.

In the early 2000s, the FDA and CDC noted a steady increase in cases of opioid addiction and overdose. In 2013, they issued guidelines to help curb addiction.

However, in the same year – now considered the year the epidemic spread – a CDC report showed an unprecedented surge in opioid addiction.

Overdose deaths are the leading killer of young Americans today – more people are killed in a year than ever before from HIV, gun violence, or car accidents.

In 2019, the CDC announced that nearly 71,000 Americans died from drug overdoses.

That’s an increase from about 59,000 just three years earlier, in 2016, and more than double the death rate from a decade ago.

That means drug overdoses are currently the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50.

The data reveal the dire state of the US opioid addiction crisis fueled by deadly drugs like fentanyl.

Vermont suffered the largest increase in overdose deaths, with the 211 deaths in the first year of lockdown representing an 85 percent increase over the previous year.

West Virginia (62 percent), Kentucky (57 percent), and Louisiana (56 percent) were also among the largest increases.

A total of 15 states recorded growth of more than 40 percent compared to the previous year.

However, not all states have seen increases in overdose deaths.

South Dakota reported a 17 percent decrease in overdose deaths, from 77 during lockdown to 93 the previous year.

New Jersey also reported a 1 percent decrease and New Hampshire a 2.8 percent decrease.

West Virginia also had the highest number of overdose deaths per capita at 87.19 per 100,000 – a number that dwarfs other states.

The Appalachian region has been hit hardest by the surge in deaths, with many states in the region topping the list in terms of death rates.

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 top performers.

Although Louisiana (47.61) and New Mexico (41.13) are not in the Appalachian Mountains, they are also among the top ten states with the highest per capita deaths from overdose.

South Dakota is the only state where the death rate per 100,000 people was below 10 at 8.68.

The numbers break a new record from just three months ago.

In August, the CDC reported that 93,000 people had died from an overdose in 2020.

At the time it was a staggering number and the highest 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 the disturbances to everyday life and stressors caused by the pandemic were one of the reasons the number of opioid deaths rose sharply during the pandemic.

“This has been an incredibly unsafe and stressful time for many people, and we are seeing spikes in drug use, difficulty accessing life-saving treatments for substance use disorders, and a tragic increase in overdose deaths.

“As we continue to address both the COVID-19 pandemic and the opioid crisis, our priority must be to make treatment options more accessible to people with substance use disorders.”

The updated number that is reported removes the beginning of 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic began, and adds the months of January and February when the pandemic was worst to the numbers.

In 2020, over 60 percent of opioid deaths were due to synthetic versions of the drug, down from less than one in five the previous year.

In the first year of COVID-19 lockdowns, an estimated 63 percent of drug overdose deaths were due to synthetic opioids.

Around a quarter of deaths, 26 percent, were caused by psychostimulants with potential for abuse and 20 percent were caused by cocaine overdoses.

Methadone accounted for nearly four percent of overdoses.

Synthetic opioids (brown) like fentanyl accounted for more than 60% of overdose deaths in the US and the majority of total opioid deaths (black) in the first year of the COVID-19 lockdown. Other drugs like psychostimulants (gray), cocaine (pink), and methadone (purple) also caused thousands of deaths in the United States

In his statement, Biden said his administration is working to expand health care so Americans experiencing additives can receive treatment for substance abuse disorders and mental health.

The US set a record 93,000 deaths from overdose in 2020, with the majority of those deaths also being due to opioids. Synthetic opioids have become a huge problem in America, accounting for 60% of opioid deaths in 2020. Pictured: Percocet tablets, a popular opioid

“We are strengthening prevention, promoting harm reduction, expanding treatment and helping people recover and reduce the supply of pollutants in our communities. Substance use disorder and mental health. And we will not let up, ”the statement said.

“To all families who have mourned a loved one and to all people who are addicted or in recovery, you are in our hearts and you are not alone. Together we will turn the tide in this epidemic. ‘

The opioid epidemic has long been an issue in the US and was officially declared a state of emergency by former President Donald Trump in 2017.

Opioid overdoses have particularly increased in recent years, as has fentanyl and others synthetic Opioids hit the illegal drug market in the United States

According to the Defense Intelligence Agency, 68 percent of the fentanyl and its precursors used to make the drug come from China.

These factory made drugs, which are cheap and easy to manufacture, are sold either directly to the United States or through human trafficking networks established in Mexico.

Some who sell drugs like cocaine, meth, and others will dilute their drug with the cheap synthetic opioids to make more money.

This means that a person using an illegal drug accidentally overdoses a synthetic opioid without knowing that they are taking it.

Jake Ehlinger, a 20-year-old player on the University of Texas football team, is one of many Americans who died of a fentanyl overdose.

Ehlinger played linebacker for the Longhorns and was the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback and current NFL player Sam Ehlinger.

He was found dead on May 6th and is believed to have taken a dose of the drug Xanax that had fentanyl in it.

“The proliferation of counterfeit pills is an ongoing and significant problem across our country, particularly in schools, colleges and universities,” the family said in a statement released at the time.

“As our family continues to process Jake’s death, it was important for us to share these details in the hope that Jake did not die in vain.

“We pray that sharing Jake’s story will help shed light on this problem and prevent other families from tragically losing a loved one.”

Ehlinger is one of several notable athletes who have died from fentanyl overdoses in recent years.

Best known is the Los Angeles Angeles pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead on July 1, 2019 at the age of 27 in his hotel room in a suburb of Dallas.

A coroner’s report says that Skaggs choked on his vomit with a toxic mixture of alcohol and the drugs fentanyl and oxycodone given to Kay in his system.

Former NHL player Jimmy Hayes, only 31, who has been married for three years and has two young boys, was found dead from an accidental cocaine and fentanyl overdose at his family home this summer.

Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, died of an accidental drug overdose caused by fentanyl, the family said Thursday

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