While 2020 brought a shocking surge in opioid overdose deaths, another form of drug overdose also got much worse that year. Unfortunately, this one did not receive anywhere near the coverage. Benzodiazepine-related overdoses skyrocketed 520% in one year, raising alarms among public health officials and families alike, yet going almost completely unreported in the media.
Fentanyl has been the drug to blame for much of the recent spike in fatal overdoses occurring across America. It’s worse than that though. In recent years, autopsy reports have shown that fentanyl is being laced into other drugs not usually associated with overdose deaths. The result? A seemingly unstoppable increase in drug overdose deaths, all linking back to a highly potent opioid.
News headlines have been reporting on recent developments regarding an up-and-coming “vaccine” for fentanyl addiction. However, fentanyl addiction cannot be treated with a vaccine, as vaccines are made to inoculate people against communicable illnesses, not treat drug addiction.
The Journal of the American Medical Administration just released a report itemizing the top causes of death in the U.S. for 2020. According to their data, drug overdoses were one of the leading causes of death that year.
While deaths from COVID-19 are front-page news on a daily basis, another national public health crisis, overdose deaths from the use of illicit drugs, is growing. For many, the correlation represents strong evidence that another painful result of the pandemic is an increase in deaths from drug addiction.
Public reports indicate the U.S. drug overdoses declined slightly in 2018. Was this the result of public policy, or was it the result of foreign nations cracking down on drug trafficking?
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, people all across the country are taking extra precautions to protect their health. But what about those who are also struggling with an addiction to drugs and alcohol?
The War on Drugs has often been called one of the most unpopular criminal justice reform policies in recent U.S. history. Begun in the early-1970s and accelerated in the 1980s and 1990s, the War on Drugs was a Nixon-era policy that declared drug abuse as “public enemy number one.”
A surprising headline in an August 13th, 2019 issue of “U.S. News“ reads, “All U.S. Adults Should Be Screened for Illicit Drug Use, National Panel Urges.” That came as a bit of a shock. Such an approach has never been suggested before.
What can we expect from the increasing legalization of marijuana? Logically, we can expect much of the same adverse circumstances that surround alcohol consumption. We can expect addiction to marijuana, we can expect far more people using cannabis-based drugs, we can expect a decrease and general downturn in socioeconomic and overall human welfare conditions in the United States.