The American opioid epidemic has led to overdose deaths to record a record number – overdose deaths hit 70,000 in 2017, killing more people per year than weapons, car crashes, or HIV / AIDS ever in US history . But a new study confirms that the level of overdose deaths is not just outside the historical norms of the US;
Survey conducted by Southern California University researcher Jessica Ho compares the United States with 17 other rich nations and finds that the American overdose death rate surpassed other nations for more
Based on data from all over the world World, the study published in the Population and Development Review found that in the mid-1
990s, the US overdose death rate was largely consistent with that of other developed countries. At that time Sweden and Finland led the 18 rich nations to overdose deaths. and addiction has risen – America has begun to overtake other countries in cases of overdose deaths.
The second wave of drug overdoses began in the 2000s when heroin flooded the illicit market as drug dealers took advantage of a new population of people who used opiates but either lost access to analgesics or simply looked for better -cheap. Then a third wave of overdoses began as the illegal fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, began to replace heroin in the black market – causing another surge in overdosing because fentanyl is generally stronger than heroin or other traditionally used opiates. , The United States had the highest overdose mortality among any of the countries surveyed – far away. This percentage was 60% higher than in Finland and Sweden, which were once at the top among the rich nations.
"The average overdose mortality rate is 3.5 times higher in the US than in other countries, although this figure varies from 1.6 to 28 times higher," said Ho.
Here are the trends for men, with the 10 largest countries in 2003 marked with different colors and the rest are colorless: