The US in particular has been hit hard by the Corona crisis. But the country is also controlling another epidemic: drug deaths have risen dramatically since the start of the pandemic.
According to the US health authority CDC, the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in the number of drug deaths in the US. In the twelve months to the end of May this year, there were more than 81,000 deaths from overdose, the CDC said – more than ever before in such a period. A break in daily life as a result of the pandemic would have hit addicts particularly hard, CDC director Robert Redfield said, according to the statement. “As we continue to fight to end this pandemic, it is important not to lose sight of the different groups that are affected differently.”
CDC said the number of overdose deaths had increased in the months leading up to the pandemic. However, statistics indicate that it increased even more during the Corona crisis.
Apparently this was mainly due to the abuse of synthetic drugs such as fentanyle (opioids). The number of deaths from overdoses with these drugs has increased by more than 38 percent in these twelve months compared to the same period last year. The number of deaths from cocaine overdose has risen by more than 26 percent