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CDC: Overdose deaths exploding during COVID shutdowns


The highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period happened this year in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Over 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in the year ending May 2020, the latest accounting released by the CDC.

Overdose deaths have been increasing in the months preceding the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest numbers suggest an acceleration of overdose deaths during the pandemic, the CDC said.

“The disruption to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit those with substance use disorder hard,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D.

Synthetic opioids (primarily illicitly manufactured fentanyl) appear to be the primary driver of the increases in overdose deaths, increasing 38.4% over 2019. State-specific information about Alaska overdose deaths was not released.

  • 37 of the 38 U.S. jurisdictions with available synthetic opioid data reported increases in synthetic opioid-involved overdose deaths.
  • 18 of these jurisdictions reported increases greater than 50%.
  • 10 western states reported over a 98% increase in synthetic opioid-involved deaths.
  • Overdose deaths involving cocaine increased by 26.5%. These deaths are likely linked to co-use or contamination of cocaine with manufactured fentanyl or heroin, the CDC said. Overdose deaths involving psychostimulants, such as methamphetamine, increased by 34.8%.
  • The number of deaths involving psychostimulants now exceeds the number of cocaine-involved deaths.
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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • I suppose that these are still being attributed to COVID?

  • Will authoritarian-minded lockdown advocates take responsibility for THESE (and other) mandate-related deaths? Highly doubtful.

  • Overdose in Anchorage is a money maker for many. Just like the bums they call homeless. My neighbor is a big dealer in hard drugs. I have called the police many times and filed a complaint over the internet. Crime stoppers have been called. Cops do nothing. Going on two years. These meth and heroin iditots I have No sympathy for. I see them all wacked out in their cars eairly in the morning sleeping behind the wheel. I know the clientele and the dealer by their cars and muffflerless trucks and beat up cars. F them and die.

    • “Cops do nothing.”
      Perhaps they feel they can’t justify the cost of prosecution.

  • Americans have been lied to since Day 1 of the china-flu “pandemic”.
    Folks who told us up front in February that they’d lie to us about china flu stats… kick the bucket with china flu, they’ll count you dead from china flu…
    Folks who made careers and fortunes out of demoralizing Americans, destroying their lives and economy…
    Folks who cheerfully murdered elderly Americans by hiding china flu sickies in nursing homes…
    remind again why we should believe them about anything?

  • So what!

    • The lord does love a happy ending.

  • Too bad the news doesn’t report how many opioid deaths on the news each day instead of COVID cases.

  • Like Covid 19, Fentanyl comes from China. Most O.D. deaths can be traced to Fentanyl. Evidently China has over 160,000 factories producing this powerful and highly addictive drug.
    It is cheap to produce too.
    It’s not much of a stretch to believe that the Chi-Coms are doing to the US today with Fentanyl what the British did to them with Opium in the 1800’s.
    Given Biden’s compromised position with China, look for this pattern to increase.

  • Dope deaths were on the rise before the Kung flu.

    • Greg, see my point about where the dope is coming from. Same place the “dreaded” kung flu came from.

      • Yeah, that’s what Trump was talking about about how we’re so vulnerable to countries like China. Obviously they’re enemy. Have been for years with their espionage and stealing our national and corporate secrets. They wouldn’t be dog crap unless they stole it from somebody. Now they’re taking over the the South China Sea and nobody’s big enough to stop them. We weren’t big enough to stop them when we took the entire peninsula of Korea all the way to the Chinese border and then overnight about a million little chinaman came across that River and backed us all the way up to what became the DMZ. My dad always said we could nuke them but there’s always be one or two crawl out from underneath a rock because they are so numerous. They know we’re never going to pay back the principal of all the money we owe them, and are now just satisfied on the interest. Trump was right about them and kicked them in The shins, but you watch Biden he’s going to crawl into bed with them.

  • Thank God our elected officials are doing everything they can to stop the spread of COVID. It would be horrible if people died from that disease. (Of course, it’s no big deal if overdoses spike, suicides increase exponentially, children flunk out of school and develop lifelong mental issues due to lack of socialization.) Just as long as no one gets infected with a virus.
    Every elected official that continues to vote yes on extending the Emergency Declarations owns these deaths. But, they will refuse to acknowledge their actions, although well intentioned, were the cause.

  • Damn you need to put your crack pipe down. Kids aren’t flunking out of school. Mostly in the bush kids are still going around with their daily routine like they always have. The only thing they’re missing is basketball at the school. It hardly is going to make a kid go nuts and not be able to handle society. Crock pots that think this covid thing isn’t real are insane and really need to get some help. Our numbers here in Florida today were down from 10,000 infected a day to 8,500 so that’s a turn in the right direction. Hundreds are still dying everyday. But you don’t care so long as you can go to Walmart or Chuck e cheese or some damn place.

    • You must not have kids!! Over twice as many people die from alcohol every year world wide as they have from this flu virus. I think that number is going to be alot bigger this year when the stats come out.

  • A recent source suggested the increase in infections is due largely to the shutdown because family members, spending more time together indoors, are infecting their family members.

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