Opioid, Cocaine and Methamphetamine Overdose Crisis and Deaths in 2021

Mark S. Gold

 

Recent data reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that 88,000 Americans have died from drug overdoses during the 12-month period that ended in August. Compared to provisional, the August data is sharply higher than the CDC reported just a few months ago in December. Adding 27% more deaths to the interim drug overdose death rates reminds us that overdoses have increased in spite of our efforts. The most recent data show the limitations of evidence-based and FDA-approved treatments for opioid use disorders, Narcan- an antidote to opioid overdose, reduced stigma, and improved treatment access. More patients with OUDs are currently being treated with medication-assisted therapy (MATs), and deaths continue to increase. Where is prevention?

Published on: April 22, 2021
doi: 10.17756/jas.2021-050
Citation: Gold M. 2021. Opioid, Cocaine and Methamphetamine Overdose Crisis and Deaths in 2021. J Addict Sci 7(1): 1-5.
 
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