Drug overdose deaths in the US increase by 28.5%
Drug use has become a serious issue in the United States.
In the United States, a report by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) revealed that 100,306 people have died of a drug overdose within the 12-month period which ended in April 2021 - this number constitutes a 28.5% increase year-on-year.
According to the INCB, the number of deaths by opioids increased from 56,064 to 75,673 over the 12-month period.
"The worsening overdose crisis in the US and Canada has been marked by increases in the number of deaths involving psychostimulants," INCB said.
Based on said report, the pandemic hasn't had much impact on the worldwide supply of the chemical components used in illicit drug manufacturing - however, the synthetic drug demand has increased, and so has trafficking and abuse of the drugs in the US.
There are rising concerns, furthermore, about the purchase of drugs which prompted the report to write that the global trend of drug purchase, which is taking place through the dark web and bought with cryptocurrencies also adds concerns.