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US News Opiate Crisis: The United States exceeds 100,000 deaths by overdose on one year

23:36  17 november  2021
23:36  17 november  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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This increase of 28.5% could have been partly caused by the effects of the pandemic and containment, according to experts

Aux Etats-Unis, es opiacés, principalement le fentanyl, sont responsables de 75% des overdoses. © Drew Anger / Getty Images North America / AFP In the United States, Opiates, mainly Fentanyl, are responsible for 75% of overdoses. HEALTH - This 28.5% increase may have been partly caused by the effects of the pandemic and confinement, according to experts

is a sad record. The United States recorded more than 100,000 deaths by overdose over one year during the pandemic, the US authorities competing with an unprecedented "crisis" especially linked to the illegal sales of Fentanyl, a powerful opiate .

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Between April 2020 and April 2021, the country counted 100.306 fatal overdoses, an increase of 28.5% compared to the same period the previous year (78,056 deaths), according to provisional figures for prevention and control centers. against diseases (CDC). This is the first time that the symbolic bar of 100,000 deaths is exceeded. It means a death every 5 minutes. 75% of overdoses were caused by opiates, mainly fentanyl, and 70% concern men aged 25 and 54. Since 2017, overdoses

have more victims than road accidents in the United States. For the first time, life expectancy declined across the Atlantic in 2015 and 2016. Effect of pandemic and containment

"While we continue to make progress to defeat the pandemic of Covid-19, we Can not ignore this epidemic of disappearances, which affected families and communities across the country, "said President Joe Biden in a statement.

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"It's time to recognize that this crisis seems to get worsening, we need everyone on the bridge," returned to the Minister of Health Xavier Becerra at a press conference. The pandemic has further accelerated a phenomenon already up in the past, having for example increased the isolation of certain populations, according to experts.

counterfeiting

"These overdoses are largely driven by synthetic opiates, essentially illegally manufactured fentanyl," said Deb Houry journalists, responsible within CDCs.The overdoses related to methamphetamine, a stimulus also very addictive, or at Cocaine has also increased. "Drug traffickers and their networks flood our quarters with fentanyl and methamphetamine in the form of false pills," Anne Milgra alert, at the head of the US anti-drug agency (DEA).

Mexican cartels, using chemicals imported from China, make consumers believe that they buy on line approved medicines that can be obtained on prescription, when it comes to in fact very dangerous counterfeit products, A-T- she explains.

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The DEA seized this year "more than 14 million false pills, a quantity that continues to grow dramatically each year," she said. "We find these mortal drugs in all American states.

Access to naloxone

"My administration undertakes to do everything in its power to tackle the addiction and put an end to this overdose epidemic," promised Joe Biden. In particular, the US government announced wanting to improve prevention, as well as access to naloxone, an antidote capable of overdose.

The Federal Executive will encourage states that naloxone is for example made available in prisons or schools, or that it is taken completely in charge of health insurance. "I believe that no one should die of an overdose simply due to lack of access to naloxone," said Rahul Gupta, director of the Executive Office in charge of the National Drug Fight Strategy. "But unfortunately, this is currently happening throughout the country. »

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