More than 100,000 people died over a 12-month period from fatal drug overdoses for the first time in U.S. history, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
“To all those families who have mourned a loved one and to all those people who are facing addiction or are in recovery: you are in our hearts,” President Biden said in a statement issued by the White House. “Together, we will turn the tide on this epidemic.”
“This tragic milestone represents an increase of 28.5%” over the same period just a year earlier, said Dr. Deb Houry with the CDC in a call with reporters Wednesday.
Dr. Rahul Gupta, who heads the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, called the surge in drug fatalities “unacceptable.”
“An overdose is a cry for help,” Gupta said during the press conference. “For far too many people that cry goes unanswered. This requires a whole lot of government response and evidence-based strategies.”
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SOURCE: NPR, Brian Mann