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Drug overdose epidemic wreaks havoc in the U.S.

Washington Jun 24 (Prensa Latina) Drug overdose epidemic kills two people per hour in the United States, The New York Times reported on Friday.

The report stated that much more people are currently dying in the United States of drug overdoses than at any other time, Jeneen Interlandi, member of the US newspaper’s editorial board, stressed.

The North American country´s drug overdose death rose afresh to record-breaking levels, by exceeding 100,000 cases per year for the first time in 2021, and as of mid-2022, it appears to be increasing even much higher (latest figures come out to about 300 people per week or 12 people per hour).

Interlandi pointed out that it is tempting to see such a crisis as the inevitable byproduct of an unprecedented moment. The astonishing malpractice of the drug industry, the rise of economic inequality and the Covid-19 pandemic conspire to drug overdose death rate to ramp up.

The analyst said that drug addiction itself is as enduring part of the human experience as cancer, diabetes or Alzheimer’s.

In fact, it is at least as common as any of them. And the fact we do not treat it early and carefully is not an accident. It’s a choice, she pointed out.


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