According to data shown on Wednesday, In the United States, more than 100,000 people died from overdoses of the drugs during the 12 months closing April 2021, a leap of 28.5 percent on the year before, mainly made by depressants.
In a statement President, Joe Biden said, “As we continue to make strides to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot overlook this epidemic of loss, which has touched families and communities across the country.”
Overall, depressants accounted for 75,673 of the 100,306 deaths, with the main accused being synthetic depressants, originally fentanyl.
Covid-19 killed around 508,000 people in the same time frame, according to Our World in Data.
Deaths from psychostimulants such as methamphetamine, as well as natural and semi-synthetic opioids, such as prescription pain medication, and cocaine were all up.
Experts say people with substance use disorders were hit particularly hard by disruptions to daily life brought about by the pandemic.
At the same time, Americans have been warned by the US Drug Enforcement Administration about prescript pills that are duplicates but look like real Oxycotin, Vicodin, Xanax, or Adderall can be found online, but which are bound with harmful doses of fentanyl and methamphetamine.
Biden added in his statement, “My Administration is committed to doing everything in our power to address addiction and end the overdose epidemic.”
“Through the American Rescue Plan, we’ve delivered nearly $4 billion to strengthen and expand services for substance use disorder and mental health.”
In the year 2019, the latest year for which national data was available, disease-related to the heart are the first cause of death, with around 660,000 deaths, accompanied by cancer, with around 600,000 deaths and accidental injuries at 175,000.