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Fentanyl, drug overdoses in US surged by 279 percent


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Reprinted from Sara Carter's news page.

The UK’s Independent published a report titled “More American Indians and Black Americans died from a pandemic surge in fentanyl overdoses than any other group.” Specifically, between 2016 and 2021 drug overdose deaths rose by a horrific 279 per cent.

Independent reports “nearly 70,000 people died from fentanyl-linked drug overdoses in 2021 alone, marking a nearly four-fold increase in fentanyl-linked deaths within five years, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Fatal overdoses from drugs reached to over 108,000 in 2021; roughly two-thirds of all overdose deaths now involve fentanyl, according to the CDC.

The Independent reports:

That pandemic-era surge in the number of fentanyl-related drug overdose deaths has disproportionately impacted Black Americans and American Indians and Alaskan Natives, underscoring growing racial disparities in drug treatment, prevention and access to a toxic illicit drug supply.

Between 2016 and 2021, the rate of overdose deaths involving fentanyl spiked from 5.7 deaths per 100,000 people to 21.6 per 100,000, according to the report.

In 2021, the rate of fentanyl overdose deaths among American Indians/Alaska Natives was 33.1 per 100,000, followed by a rate of 31.3 per 100,000 among Black Americans.

r Allison Lin, an addiction psychiatrist at University of Michigan Medical School, told ABC News that while fentanyl-linked deaths have dominated headlines and rocked communities across the US, deadly epidemics from other drugs have not disappeared.

“It doesn’t mean that we’ve ever addressed the crack epidemic, I would say, and we also have a rising meth epidemic in the country as well and everything is just made worse [because] these [is] not just single [a] substance that people are using anymore,” she said. “They’re really oftentimes combined with fentanyl.”

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