EE.UU. reports more than 81 thousand deaths from drug overdoses

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Drug overdose use worsened between March and May, which coincides with the period of confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Maria T. Morales

The number of deaths ever recorded in a period of 12 months, which ended in May 2020, Accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, details a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its acronym in English.

The report details that they died 81 thousand 230 people from overdose of different types of drugs, especially cocaine, synthetic opioids and psychostimulants such as methamphetamine.

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"The disruption of daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit people with substance use disorder hard," detailed Robert Redfield., director of the CDC.

According to the report, Synthetic opioid-related overdose deaths increase; 10 western states reported a 98% in deaths from this cause.

further, deaths from cocaine overdoses increased by 26.5%.

The report indicates that these deaths could be related to the joint use or contamination of cocaine with illicitly manufactured fentanyl or heroin.

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Psychostimulant overdose deaths now exceed the number of deaths related to cocaine use.

The CDC today issued a health advisory to alert the medical community and public health services and forensic medicine., in order to attend and seek prevention alternatives on the use and abuse of drugs.