With opioid epidemic still rising, tragic milestone translates into one death from drug abuse every five minutes in US.
More than 107,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, setting another tragic record in the nation’s escalating overdose epidemic, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated on Wednesday.
The provisional 2021 total marked a 15 percent increase from the previous record, set the year before. The CDC reviews death certificates and then makes an estimate to account for delayed and incomplete reporting.
Dr Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, called the latest numbers “truly staggering”.
The White House issued a statement calling the accelerating pace of overdose deaths “unacceptable” and promoting its recently announced national drug control strategy. It calls for connecting more people to treatment, disrupting drug trafficking and expanding access to the overdose-reversing medication naloxone.
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