CDC warns of a 'substantial increase' in fatal drug overdoses coinciding with the Covid-19 pandemic

Gli Stati Uniti hanno registrato un aumento sostanziale delle overdose fatali di droga e hanno stabilito un record di morti per overdose nell'anno terminato a maggio, i Centri per il controllo e la prevenzione delle malattie hanno riferito giovedì.

The worst of the deaths coincide with closures and other measures taken to control the pandemic, the CDC said in a health alert.
Data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) indicates that approximately 81,230 drug overdose deaths occurred in the US in that period.
This represents a worsening of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States and is the largest number of drug overdoses for a 12-month period ever recorded,” the CDC alert said.
    The most common are overdoses from synthetic opioids such as illicitly manufactured fentanyl. But there’s also an increase in deaths from drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine, the CDC added.
    And the numbers look grim. “The 12-month count of synthetic opioid deaths increased 38.4% dal 12 months ending in June 2019 compared with the 12 months ending in May 2020,” ha detto il CDC.
    It noted a 98% increase in synthetic opioid deaths in 10 Western states, coinciding with greater availability of these drugs in that region. “After declining 4.1% a partire dal 2017 per 2018, the number of overdose deaths increased 18.2% dal 12 months ending in June 2019 al 12 months ending in May 2020,” ha aggiunto.
    The agency says people should be educated about the risks of using drugs alone.
      These newly released provisional fatal overdose data, coupled with the known disruption to public health, assistenza sanitaria, and social services as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and related mitigation measures, highlight the need for essential services to remain accessible for those most at risk of overdose and the need to expand prevention and response activities,” ha aggiunto l'agenzia.
      Recommendations also include expansion of the use of the overdose drug naloxone. Expanding locations in which overdose prevention education and take-home naloxone are provided, especially in rural areas is important, ha detto il CDC.

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