U.S. Recorded Nearly 110,000 Overdose Deaths in 2022
Preliminary federal data reveals that approximately 110,000 individuals died from drug overdoses in the United States last year. While this number indicates a plateau after two years of sharp increases, it remains a devastating toll. Synthetic opioids like fentanyl, often mixed with other drugs, contributed to around 75,000 overdose deaths. The Biden administration’s strategies to combat overdoses, including expanding treatment and improving access to naloxone, have shown some progress. However, the complex and deadly drug supply, compounded by substances like xylazine, an emerging threat, emphasizes the ongoing challenges. The final count for 2022 will be released later this year or early next year, and experts caution against undue optimism as overdose deaths continue to affect unsuspecting individuals using counterfeit pills containing fentanyl. Harm reduction measures such as naloxone, drug-checking tools, and addiction treatments like buprenorphine play vital roles in reducing overdose deaths. To read more, click here.