The number of fatal overdoses with fentanyl surged from 2016 to 2021. disturbing new report From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A report released Wednesday found that 69,943 people will die from fentanyl overdoses in 2021, at a rate of 21.6. This is a significant increase from his 2016, when 18,499 people died from fentanyl overdoses at a rate of 5.7.
According to CNN, The Centers for Disease Control typically “reports overdose data by broader drug category.”
“Fentanyl, for example, is grouped with other synthetic opioids, such as tramadol and nitazene. and highlights demographic differences.” CNN reported.
Caleb Vanta Green, a research professor at the Institute of Addiction, Drugs, and Alcohol at the University of Washington School of Medicine, told CNN it was important for researchers to identify the drug that caused the overdose.
“We need to know exactly what people are dying from so that we know the services they need to stay alive,” Bantagreen said.
The report also found an increase in fatal overdoses with several other drugs.
“The age-adjusted rate of fentanyl-related drug overdose deaths more than tripled during the study period, increasing from 5.7 per 100,000 normal population in 2016 to 21.6 per 100,000 in 2021, up from 2019 (11.2). It increased by 55.0% in 2020 (17.4) and increased by 24.1% from 2020 to 2021 (21.6).Death from drug overdose involving methamphetamine increased from 2.1 in 2016 to 9.6 in 20214 more than doubled,” reports the CDC. The death rate from cocaine overdose has more than doubled from 3.5 in 2016 to 7.9 per 100,000 in 2021. statistically significant. The death rate from drug overdose involving oxycodone has decreased by 21.0% from 1.9 in 2016 to 1.5 in 2021. ”
“In 2021, age-adjusted rates of drug overdose deaths will be highest for deaths involving fentanyl (21.6 per 100,000 standard population), followed by methamphetamine (9.6), cocaine (7.9), heroin (2.9), and oxycodone. (1.5) followed. Patterns were similar when stratified by gender,” the report continued.
The CDC states that “for deaths of US residents occurring in the United States, we analyzed literal text from mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System.”
“From 2016 to 2021, age-adjusted drug overdose deaths including fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine increased, and drug overdose deaths including oxycodone decreased,” the CDC reports. “In 2021, age-adjusted mortality rates for men were higher than for women for all drugs analyzed. Fentanyl was the highest, a similar pattern was observed between 0–24 and ≥65 years, but no significant difference was observed between rates. It was also the most frequent opioid or stimulant implicated in drug overdose deaths in the Hispanic group.”
As CNN said, “[p]Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid intended to help people with cancer and other conditions cope with severe pain. ”
“It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and is usually prescribed in the form of skin patches or lozenges. related to illegally manufactured fentanyl,” reported CNN.