The rate of drug overdose deaths has slowed from record levels, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
the CDC estimated that there have been 107,735 predicted overdose deaths in the 12-month period ending July 2022.
If the numbers are confirmed, this would be the ninth consecutive month that the rate of increase in overdose deaths has slowed, and the fourth consecutive month that there has been a decline in rolling 12-month totals, the The White House said in a statement Wednesday.
The highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded was for the 12-month period ending March 2022: provisional data estimated that there were more than 110,000 deaths in that period. The new numbers from the CDC mark a 2.27% decline from that high.
Yet overdose deaths remain surprisingly high: According to the CDC, drug overdose deaths increased by 31% from 2019 to 2020, when 91,799 people died. The increase in overdose deaths has been attributed to the impact of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, on the country’s population. . The CDC has also noticed an increase in deaths related to methamphetamine and multiple substance use.
Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in a statement that President Biden’s administration remains focused on “connecting more people with addictions to the care they need” and preventing fatal drug overdoses , a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses, as well as targeting drug dealers. Management also recently announced a board which will track non-fatal overdoses.
“To strengthen our nation’s response, last week we launched a one-of-a-kind data dashboard to track non-fatal overdoses, a leading predictor for a future fatal overdose, that will help first responders, service providers and policymakers save lives. All of these actions are critical to defeating the overdose epidemic,” Gupta said.
According to to the boardthere have been more than 175,000 non-fatal overdoses in the last 365 days, representing a 2% decrease nationwide.
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