More 109,000 Americans die from drug overdoses According to provisional data, for the 12 months ending January 2023, there was a slight increase compared to the previous year CDC US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This figure represents an increase of 0.7 percentage points over the previous year 107,764 overdoses Based on US data, for the 12 months ending January 2022.
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overdose deaths U.S. It crossed the 100,000 mark for the first time in 2021 as the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted healthcare and increased mental health concerns.
The impact is exacerbated by the widespread availability of deadly drugs such as fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin and is increasingly mixed with other illicit drugs.
Mental illness, depression and anxiety have increased dramatically during the pandemic, and people have started using more and more substances, he said. Tom BrittonCEO American Addiction Center.
overdose death U.S. They are up 13.7% between January 2021 and January 2022, and 31.4% over the past 12 months at the peak of the pandemic.
But the increase in overdose deaths began before the pandemic hit, due to misuse of prescription opioid painkillers and illicit drugs such as heroin.