by Chris Black
Something not noted in the article but gives it huge context – this record 108,000 overdose deaths in 2021 comes despite the fact that nearly every first responder – police, EMT, firefighter – carries Narcan which can stop an overdose in its tracks.
So those years in the 2010s when we had as many as 47,000 overdose deaths – that’s when first responders couldn’t save as many lives because they lacked the tools.
So to top 108,000 in one year when Narcan is all around? That means the actual opioid abuse rate is skyrocketing.
Guess who’s behind this?
‘Completely devastating’: US passes 1m overdose deaths since records began t.co/iIqY6lr9T6
— martin smith (@martinsmith02) May 13, 2022