Drug overdose deaths up again in Virginia in 2021, fentanyl the leading cause

fourth-quarter report 表演 2,656 total overdose deaths in 2021, 一个 15% 从增加 2020. Synthetic fentanyl was reported as contributing to the most deaths, 与 2,033 deaths recorded. Cocaine proved the second most common contributor to drug overdoses in Virginia in 2021, 与 801 deaths reported versus the 650 reported in 2020.

The opioid crisis has come to the forefront of the drug conversation during the Biden administration. The CDC reported a 28.5% increase in overall drug overdoses 从 2020 至 2021. Opioid overdoses also saw a nearly 26% 从增加 2020 至 2021 全国性的, 与 75,673 total opioid overdose deaths reported in 2021, 据CDC称.

最近, the Drug Enforcement Administration (给) established May 10 如 “National Fentanyl Awareness Dayin an effort to bring additional attention to fentanyl deaths across the US.

FENTANYL AWARENESS GROUP ASKS BIDEN ADMIN TO TRACK POISONING, OVERDOSE DEATHS LIKE COVID-19 DEATHS

Fentanyl is everywhere. From large metropolitan areas to rural America, no community is safe from this poison. We must take every opportunity to spread the word to prevent the fentanyl-related overdoses claiming scores of American lives every day,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram in a statement.

The CDC reports a 28.5% increase in overall drug overdoses from 2020 至 2021.

The CDC reports a 28.5% increase in overall drug overdoses from 2020 至 2021. (iStock)

GOP lawmakers have also been putting pressure on the Biden administration to address the fentanyl crisis, specifically at the southern border. A hundred Republican lawmakers previously sent President Biden a letter urging him to permanently label fentanyl-related drugs as schedule one substances.

Fentanyl and fentanyl related substances are fueling the overdose epidemic, 杀人 64,178 Americans between May 2020 和四月 2021 and making up 64% of total U.S. overdose deaths,” 信说.

DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS AMONG ADOLESCENTS ON THE RISE

大约 10,586 pounds of fentanyl were seized at the southern border in 2021, with US Customs and Border Patrol reporting asubstantial increasein fentanyl seizures as of January.

美联社对此报告做出了贡献.

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