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The U.S. drug overdose death toll has topped 100,000 for the first time

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(Reuters) – More than ever Americans have died from drug overdose in the 12-month period due to increased health problems, disrupting medical services with the corona virus epidemic, according to federal data released Wednesday.

Recording more than 100,000 deaths between April 2020 and April 2021, US President Joe Biden called it a “tragic milestone”, a 28.5% increase over the previous 12 months, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. .

The Biden administration has said it is pushing states to enact laws to make it easier for people to obtain naloxone, a drug that can change overdose of opioid.

“No one should die from overdose, and naloxone is one of the most effective tools to save lives,” said Rahul Gupta, director of the National Drug Control Policy Office.

Biden said in a statement that “even as the country battles the Covit-19 epidemic, drug overdose deaths” cannot be ignored “.

Joshua Sharfstein, director of the American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Public School of Health, focuses on drug and overdose. He expects more year-on-year data to start declining in July data, but not much.

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