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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Overdose epidemic hits California: fentanyl leads to higher mortality

As concerns grow in California over the omicron variant – the state’s second case was confirmed in Los Angeles County on Thursday – another public health crisis is in full view: the drug epidemic.

A stunning report released Wednesday by the UCLA Luskin Institute for Inequality and Democracy found nearly 1,500 people, the vast majority believed to be homeless, died on the streets of Los Angeles during the pandemic – 40% due to drug or alcohol overdoses. … Experts say the staggering figure is almost certainly an underestimate.

Also on Wednesday, the California Peace Coalition – a group of parents whose children have become addicted to or died from fentanyl or other illicit drugs – held a massive protest in Tenderloin, calling on the state and San Francisco to close outdoors. drug markets, harass dealers and place their children in compulsory treatment. And they criticized San Francisco’s leaders for their response to the drug epidemic that killed 712 city residents in 2020 – nearly triple the number of deaths due to COVID-19.

Coalition: “Harm reduction initiatives such as safer consumption sites and the widespread use of Narcan cannot and have failed to solve the problem.”

The news comes about two weeks after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that more than 100,000 Americans, including about 10,000 California residents, have died of drug overdose during the year ended April 2021. This is a record high and almost 29% more than a year earlier. Almost 64% of deaths were caused by the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

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Meanwhile, the death rate from methamphetamine overdose has skyrocketed by 48%. A recent CNN investigation found that more people in Fresno County died from methamphetamine overdose in 2020 than from homicide or suicide; accidents of one or two cars; and fire, fall and drowning combined.

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