Drug overdose deaths have been on the rise in the U.S. for the past few years. The pandemic has stretched these numbers to new heights and here is why.
Opioid abuse has been the major reason behind drug overdose deaths in the U.S. Drug overdose deaths have increased by 30% since 2019 and more than 93,000 people have died so far with most of them being teens and young adults.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said that redirecting healthcare resources for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation experienced during the lockdown are the major reasons for the rise behind the Opioid epidemic in the U.S.
Purdue Pharma a leading producer of OxyCotin and other drugs made of opioids has currently filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in respect to the lawsuits filed against it and its owners, The Slacker family.
Opium is considered more effective than heroin and morphine when it comes to blocking the brain from receiving any pain signals sent by the body. Thus, Purdue Pharma has accepted they had misinformed doctors and other healthcare professionals about the drug to boost its sales.
15 States have accepted a settlement of $4.5 billion to battle the opium crisis and for keeping the funds flowing into North Carolina while few attorneys are still against this decision as of now.