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are on the rise from overdoses of all sorts of drugs, despite
efforts to formulate them in ways that make the drugs more difficult to
abuse. 'The United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose
(poisoning) deaths,' the CDC's report reads. 'Since 2000, the rate of
deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137 percent, including a 200
percent increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid
pain relievers and heroin).' More people die from drug overdoses, CDC
says, than in road accidents." In "Drug Overdose Deaths Hit 'Alarming'
New Record in U.S., CDC Says," by Maggie Fox, NBC News, 18 December
Addendum of Epidemic Drug
Abuse: "The fact that drug money are not just
poisoning US business circles, but political ones as well has recently
been manifested by the forced resignation of six US diplomats that were
employed by the US Embassy in Afghanistan on the ground of them being in
possession of illegal drugs, Associated Press reports. Without a doubt,
this will casts a dark shadow on every US official operating in
Afghanistan, since there’s an ever number of reports that America’s 'war
on drugs' is only getting the problem much, much worse. According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the year 2015 alone more
than 52,000 Americans died of drug overdose, which translates in one
death every ten minutes. Approximately 33,000 of these fatal
overdoses—nearly two-thirds of them—were from opioids, including
prescription painkillers, and heroin. It’s also been discovered by the
Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health that the number
of Americans using heroin has increased five-fold in the last decade,
while their dependence on mind-altering substances more than tripled.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports heroin-related
overdose deaths have quadrupled since 2010, with this rate being the
highest among young men aged 25-44." In "US Struggles to Put an End
to the Deadly Drug Abuse Epidemic," by Jean Périer, New Eastern Outlook,
15 April 2017.
Addendum of Higher:
"In 2015, the most recent year for which full statistics are available,
33,091 Americans died from opioid overdoses, according to the Centres
for Disease Control—almost three times the number who perished in 2002.
Nearly as many Americans were killed by opioids in 2015 as were killed
by guns (36,132) or in car crashes (35,092). In the state of Maryland,
which releases more timely figures, drug-overdose deaths were 62% higher
in the first nine months of 2016 than a year earlier." In "Inside the
opioid epidemic," Economist, 11 May 2017.
Addendum after Addenda:
"The coast-to-coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with
government data published Tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room
visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year.
The 2014 numbers, the latest available for every state and the District
of Columbia, reflect a 64 percent increase for inpatient care and a 99
percent jump for emergency room treatment compared to figures from 2005.
Their trajectory likely will keep climbing if the epidemic continues
unabated. The report, released by the Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality (AHRQ), puts Maryland at the very top of the national list
for inpatient care." In "In just one year, nearly 1.3 million Americans
needed hospital care for opioid-related issues," by Joel Achenbach and
Dan Keating, Washington Post, 20 June 2017.