(DCWatchdog.com) – Happening Now: After years of escalating drug overdose deaths that have shocked the conscience of the world, the United States set yet another record-high by surpassing 100,000 drug overdose deaths between April 2020 and April 2021.
That tragic figure was just released today by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
According to the conservative National Review, “The estimated 100,306 deaths during that window represented a 29 percent increase from the estimated 78,056 overdose deaths during the same period last year, according to the latest CDC data.”
A 29% increase in just one year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the dramatic increase in overdose deaths is directly linked to fentanyl. Fentanyl is known to be an extremely potent and addictive synthetic opioid and is responsible for the skyrocketing number of fatalities.
In fact, the CDC links 75% of overdose deaths to opioids.
As National Review notes, “Increases in opioid use and overdoses are believed to have been made worse by the onset of the pandemic and the restrictions that accompanied it. Job losses and social isolation contributed to the already considerable problem.
What do you think? What is your opinion? Do you believe the mandates and lockdowns ordered by federal, state, and local government officials during the pandemic have contributed to the dramatic, record-setting rise in drug overdose deaths in the United States of America? Why or why not?
Drug-overdose deaths hit a record in the U.S. for a 12-month period. They topped 100,000 through April, fueled by fentanyl, the CDC said. https://t.co/lSh6dG6tyV
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 17, 2021
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