A study has shown that drug overdose deaths in the US has increased by as much as 60% since the COVID-19 lockdowns. The drastic increase in drug overdose deaths were attributed to the rapid increase in fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 as potent as morphine.
According to the US officials, a 61.4% increase in drug overdose deaths is just top of the iceberg as the total number of overdoses are much higher. The increase in drug overdose and deaths started right after the state went into lockdown in March 2020. The implementation of the lockdown as meant that support and rehabilitation groups like Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous are unable to conduct their meetings, fueling relapses.
The lockdown has also fueled an increase in reported domestic violence cases across the United States of America. The stress of prolong lockdown is predicted to have devastating effects on both the mental and physical health of the public. Last week WHO special envoy on COVID-19 pandemic Dr. David Nabarro urged the world leaders not to use lockdowns a primary method of control and to only use it when you have no other choice.