The number of overdose deaths in the US grown to epidemic in 5 years

by Zhang Hao

Apr 25, 2018

The number of overdose deaths in the US grown to epidemic in 5 years

United States Department of Health reports that over the past 5 years the number of deaths caused by drug overdose has reached 73% of the total number of deaths in New York City. Deaths due to overdose gradually acquires the scale of a national tragedy. Last year alone there was 937 cases of unintentional death from overdose.

For comparison, in 2005 year, these cases were about 550. The greatest number of deaths occurs from heroin overdose. Over the past 5 years, the number of heroin addicts has increased by 158%. You can buy a naloxone in pharmacies of City of New York - a drug for the relief of symptoms of overdose. The drug is sold without a prescription.

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The largest number of deaths occurs in the Bronx, where only the last year their number increased by 66%. Experts are differently comment the statistics for recent years. Some attributed this situation to the fall general background culture and values consumption society.

Some refer to the socio-demographic reasons. Someone considers it necessary to strengthen anti-propaganda. And some believe that the popularity of drugs and relatively carefree attitude of people towards them due to the active anti-propaganda of drugs; and that this situation can make some bad conception for drugs as a phenomenon.

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