Officials said Thursday, the Kovid-19 epidemic has increased the amount of lethal medicine in the United States, with essential medical services remaining accessible despite coronovirus disruptions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 81,000 drug overdose deaths were recorded in the US in May, the highest number ever in a 12-month period.
It added that the latest figures showed a spurt in overdose deaths as the epidemic hit earlier this year.
CDC Director Robert Redfield said, “Disruption of daily life due to the COVID-19 epidemic has hit those who are troubled by drug abuse.”
“As we continue to fight to end this epidemic, it is important that different groups are not affected in other ways. We need to take care of people suffering from unintended consequences. “
More than 500,000 Americans have died of opioid overdoses – both prescription and non-prescription – since 1999.
Corporate drugmakers such as Pardo Pharma have been taken to court for criminal charges over their drive to push unnecessary sales of prescription opioids, which sparked a nationwide addiction crisis.
The CDC said that illegally manufactured fentanyl has been the main cause of recent overdose deaths.
On Wednesday, Canada said it had seen an uptick in opioid deaths this year.
Experts said opioid users faced an increased risk of unemployment and homelessness during the epidemic.
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