Over 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2022, CDC says
More than 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2022, edging out 2021 to turn into probably the most lethal yr on document, in response to a brand new CDC report.
The CDC released a provisional rely for 2022’s loss of life toll on Wednesday, estimating that 109,680 folks died from drug overdoses all year long. While the whole is barely larger than 2021’s loss of life toll of 109,179, it additionally signifies overdose deaths are not surging in the U.S. and have reached a plateau.
Overdose deaths skyrocketed all through the COVID-19 pandemic, rising from 71,000 in 2019 to greater than 90,000 in 2020, after which eclipsing 100,000 for the primary time in 2021.
The rise in deaths has coincided with an unprecedented spike in unlawful immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border in current years. The proliferation of lethal fentanyl amongst drug traffickers has additionally contributed to the disaster.
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Fentanyl, an artificial opioid many instances stronger than heroin, is comparatively low-cost to supply and traffickers more and more combine the substance into present merchandise to artificially improve provide. Buyers are sometimes unaware that fentanyl has been combined in after they buy a drug, resulting in widespread overdoses.
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Fentanyl is basically produced in China after which shipped to South America and throughout the border, a actuality that has led to vital friction between Beijing and Washington, D.C.
China pushed again towards the U.S. in April over sanctions concentrating on two Chinese companies and four nationals that the Treasury Department alleges are “supplying precursor chemicals to drug cartels in Mexico for the production of illicit fentanyl intended for U.S. markets.”
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“China, in the spirit of humanitarianism, has been trying to help the U.S. as best it can,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated throughout a information briefing, arguing that strikes from the U.S. to impose sanctions “seriously undermines” bilateral cooperation between the 2 international locations over drug management
Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.