For the first time in the history of the United States, over a million people have died from an overdose in just one year. From April 2020 to April this year, so many people died there, which is at least 26.5 percent more than the previous year. Opioids have been blamed for most of the deaths.
According to data released on Wednesday (November 18th), at least 1307 people have died in the United States this year due to overdoses. Of these, 65,063 deaths are due to the effects of opioids.
According to the statistics website Our World in Data, about 5 lakh 6 thousand people died of coronavirus in the United States at the same time.
“We cannot ignore the epidemic as we move forward to defeat the Covid-19 epidemic,” said US President Joe Biden, who compared overdose deaths to epidemics. It has touched families and communities across the country.
Statistics show that overuse of natural and semi-synthetic opioids (such as painkillers and cocaine) in addition to psychostimulants such as methamphetamine has increased mortality.
At the same time, the US Drug Enforcement Administration warns that some drugs that are readily available online, like real Oxycontin, Vicodin, Xanax, or adrenaline, contain dangerous levels of fentanyl and methamphetamine.
Experts say the Corona epidemic has had a major impact on the disruption of daily life for those taking such drugs. In a statement, Biden said his administration would do everything in its power to tackle the drug menace and end the drug menace.
It is known that according to the latest calculations found in 2019, heart disease was the biggest cause of death in the United States. That year, more than 660,000 people died of heart disease in the country. The second reason is that about six lakh people died of cancer. And 1 lakh 70 thousand people died due to unintentional injuries.