Health officials in the U.S. reported that during the pandemic a record number of Americans died of drug overdoses.
The number of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. has jumped by almost 30 percent and exceeded 93,000 in 2020 – the highest figure in history.
It is thought that the reason for this negative phenomenon may be that drug treatment was difficult during the pandemic, and dealers were more likely to add powerful opioids to drugs.
“During the pandemic, many programs failed to work. Outreach at the street level was hard to do,” explains Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, a health policy expert.
Although overdose deaths were already rising in the months leading up to the Covid-19 outbreak, recent data show a sharp acceleration during the pandemic. It is likely that isolation and social distancing have led to more frequent drug use, while the drugs themselves have become more deadly.