(Central Square) – Deaths from drug overdoses were at record highs in America in 2021, surpassing the 2020s by 15%.
Temporary data The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 107,622 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2021, with most of those deaths related to synthetic opioids.
Deaths from overdoses in Pennsylvania rose by only 3.5%, much less than the national average. A total of 5,360 people died of overdoses in Pennsylvania in 2021, compared to 5,178 in 2020. Only California and Florida have more, while Ohio and Texas are behind Pennsylvania.
While the figures are not a shock, they highlight the growing problem of overdose mortality in the state and the lack of an effective solution. In 2015, Pennsylvania’s drug overdose mortality rate was 26.2 per 100,000 people, according to CDC. In 2020, it was 42.4 per 100,000.
The national number of deaths from overdoses has more than doubled since 2015, when 52,623 Americans died from drug overdoses.
У statementDirector of the National Institute for Combating Drug Abuse Nora Volkov called the 2021 figures “truly staggering.”
Across the country, 71,238 people have died from synthetic opioids. Another 32,856 people died from psychostimulants, 24,538 from cocaine, and 13,503 from natural / semi-synthetic drugs.
As in the Central Square reported earliersome Pennsylvania police departments have noted that they spend most of their time dealing with drug-related problems.