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    Negative Effects of Covid Mandates & Policies. Several articles.

    Let's start with this one.

    People cannot refuel their cars without a Covid certificate.

    Slovenia: Drivers must present COVID certificate in order to refuel cars

    NEWS Author:Hina15.09.2021 17:021 komentar
    Source: Pixabay/Ilustracija
    There were no incidents in Slovenia on the first day of tighter epidemiological restrictions, with some dissatisfaction among unvaccinated citizens, mostly drivers who were unable to refuel their cars without a COVID-19 certificate.

    Most petrol suppliers, including the Ljubljana-based Petrol, which operates the largest number of petrol stations in the country, are rigorously applying the new restrictions, adopted on Saturday, activating fuel dispensers only after a driver presents a certificate showing that they have recovered from COVID-19, have been vaccinated, or have tested negative.

    Employees at petrol stations said that there were no delays on the first day of the new restrictions being in force, with only one incident having been reported in Brezice.

    Drivers in international transport have been exempt from the new restrictions and can still refuel their vehicles without major restrictions but they do have to wear a face mask when paying for the fuel at the petrol station.

    The rule on the compulsory COVID-19 certificate for a number of services and economic activities, applying both to providers of those services and their customers, was introduced due to a worsened epidemiological situation.

    Janez Janza’s government is not ruling out the introduction of additional restrictions if the vaccination rate does not rise quickly and the number of new infections and hospitalisations continues to grow at the current rate.

    Close to 2,800 new infections were reported in the last two days. In the past 24 hours, 1,364 new cases have been reported, with one in five tests being positive.

    Six patients have died of COVID-19, and the number of patients receiving hospital treatment has increased to 347, including 75 in intensive care units. The government is expected to discuss new anti-epidemic rules on Thursday.
    Last edited by Animal; 11-30-2021, 10:26 AM.


    Humans are made to be touched — so what happens when we aren’t?

    Mar 22, 2021 /

    Nadine Redlich
    Our bodies are designed to respond to touch, and not just to sense the environment around us. We actually have a network of dedicated nerve fibers in our skin that detect and emotionally respond to the touch of another person — affirming our relationships, our social connections and even our sense of self.

    So, what happens when we don’t receive that?

    This was one of the first questions that neuroscientist Helena Wasling PhD considered when social distancing restrictions were introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19. Based at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, she has studied these nerves — known as C tactile or CT afferents — and their importance to our emotions for over a decade.

    “What struck me very early on, in the first week of being told that we were restricted from touch, was that people no longer knew how to behave,” she says.

    Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a tactile person, touch is — or was — embedded in the social structure of our lives. From meeting a new colleague and evaluating their handshake to giving a friend a long hug when we haven’t seen them in a while, it is one of the fundamental ways we have all learned to relate to one another. “To take it away is a very big intervention,” says Wasling.

    New York based psychologist Guy Winch PhD agrees; “Touch is something we associate with emotional closeness, and we associate the absence of it with emotional distance. We may not fully appreciate it, but in pre-pandemic life there were literally dozens of small moments of touch throughout the day.”

    This is significant not just in the landscape of our minds, but that of our bodies. Being emotionally and socially responsive to touch is so biologically fundamental to us that CT afferents are present over almost every inch of our skin, absent only from the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet.

    These nerves are, Wasling explains in her TEDxGöteborg talk, particularly attuned to three things: a light touch, gently moving, and around 32 degrees Celsius (89F). Which just happens to be human skin temperature. So they are programmed to be most responsive to a gentle caress from another person.

    Rather than simply telling our brains that this touch has happened — this is the role of other receptors in the skin that help the primary somatosensory cortex to processes physical sensations — CT afferents instead send signals to the insular cortex. “This is a deeper part of the cortex that deals more with your emotional equilibrium,” explains Wasling. “So you will get kind of a vague sensation. In the best of cases, it will be: ‘That was nice. I’m accepted. I feel safer now. Someone is counting on me.’ CT afferents also have pathways to parts of the brain that deal with who you are socially.”

    For people who have now been living without that connection for a long time, it can be incredibly difficult, says Winch. “I have friends and patients that I work with who have not been touched in a year. At all. Not a handshake. And they are really suffering for it. There’s something that feels very distancing and cold about not having any kind of option for an embrace, and that can leave long lasting scars.”
    Hugs, the form of touch we probably all miss the most, are particularly important and emotionally nourishing, says Winch. “When someone’s crying and we hold them, we’re doing it to comfort, but what it allows them to do is cry more. People usually will hold it together until somebody puts an arm around them, and then they’ll break down because that hug represents security and safety, and because of the closeness we feel when we know and trust that person.”

    Moreover, the benefits of touch that we are missing out on are not just emotional and social but also physical; it can reduce pain and stress, as well as giving us a general feeling of wellbeing. These are the areas, says Wasling, where we may be able to support ourselves when we need to go for prolonged periods without social touch.

    Here are some of the ways that we can ease the difficulty of living without this closeness — both for ourselves, and the people in our lives.
    Take a shower or have a warm bath.

    Although it doesn’t elicit quite the same physiological response as interpersonal touch, Wasling says the slow movement of the water on your skin is likely to generate a CT afferent response. Having a warm bath also relaxes your muscles, which can help to alleviate tension.
    Cuddle a pet, or ask to walk someone else’s.

    “Just being close to a furry animal has been shown to lower your stress, reduce your heart rate and your blood pressure,” says Wasling. You also have a social relationship with your pet — they rely on you and need you to show up for them.

    There’s been a noted increase in people adopting pets during the pandemic, and at least one study has identified the potential therapeutic benefits of human-animal relationships when we are denied our normal level of human social interaction.
    If you are able to see anyone in person, be wholly present — even if you can’t touch.

    When we remove touch from our social interactions, we should consider what else we can emphasize instead. “Maybe we could be better at looking each other in the eyes, if we do have physical meetings,” suggests Wasling. “We can make sure that we see each other, because touching a person is a way of saying that ‘I see you, I acknowledge your existence.’”

    Don’t be afraid to have deeper, more meaningful conversations where you really listen — especially if you know someone might be isolated or lonely. While these interactions don’t activate the same touch-based neural pathways, they still stimulate our social sense of belonging and intimacy, says Winch.
    Don’t just “check in” on people who are alone — connect with them meaningfully.

    It feels like everyone from our employers to the Twittersphere to US vice president Kamala Harris is reminding us to check in on our single friends. But are we going the right way about it?

    “When we say ‘check in’ that’s like a checkbox. Tick; done,” says Winch. But that really isn’t enough. While the boredom and frustration of lockdowns are similar experiences for everyone, being isolated from the regular physical closeness of friends and family is uniquely difficult for people who are alone; the elderly, those who live by themselves, and those who are in high risk categories and cannot chance even one hug.

    “If you just check in, that’s not going to be sufficient. You should be talking for at least 15 – 20 minutes for that to be a meaningful conversation. You have to really connect,” says Winch. If you’re both feeling Zoom fatigue, try each taking a walk while you talk on the phone.

    If friends have described feeling ghostly or unreal, do your best to appreciate that the absence of touch has been a significant emotional loss for them during this time. One that you may never fully understand. Try not to say “I know how you feel,” if you are not in the same position.

    “You know that when you touch things, they’re real to you,” says Wasling. “One of the reasons why I think touch is so important is that it makes you convinced you have a place in the social world of other people.”

    As we look towards a vaccinated future, it is difficult to know right now how the pandemic will change our social attitudes towards touch in the long term. Will we still shake hands? Hug colleagues? A UK study conducted from January to March 2020, mostly before lockdown measures were introduced, found that 54 percent of people already felt they had too little touch in their lives. So we may well want this aspect of our lives to return as soon as possible.

    But one facet that worries Winch is how the pandemic has actually reshaped our relationship with touch; “We took the thing that represents something so close, intimate and important, and now it represents something that’s actually dangerous and you should avoid. Even if we don’t fully register it, we are going to feel surges of anxiety at the idea of getting a hug. It’s going to take a while to bring us down from the danger alert of touch.”



      Colorado hospital system announces it will deny organ transplants for unvaccinated patients in 'almost all situations'

      October 06, 2021

      Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images
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      COVID-19 immunization status is deciding who gets care in some cases, according to a disturbing report from the Washington Post.
      What are the details?

      UCHealth, a Colorado-based hospital system, is denying organ transplants to unvaccinated patients in "almost all situations."

      "In almost all situations, transplant recipients and living donors at UCHealth are now required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in addition to meeting other health requirements and receiving additional vaccinations," a spokesperson for UCHealth said in a statement to The Hill.

      UCHealth explained that patients who receive an organ transplant are at "significant risk for COVID-19" and stated that the mortality rate for transplant patients who are infected with the coronavirus is between 18% and 32%.

      "This is why it is essential that both the recipient and the living donor be vaccinated and take other precautions prior to undergoing transplant surgery," the health system's statement explained. "Surgeries may be postponed until patients take all required precautions in order to give them the best chance at positive outcomes."

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      The rules made headlines on Tuesday after Rep. Tim Geitner (R-Colo.) announced that the health system denied a kidney transplant to an area woman because she did not receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

      In a statement, Geitner called the practice "disgusting."

      He shared a letter that he said the unnamed patient reportedly received last week from the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

      In its letter, the health system said:
      The transplant team at University of Colorado Hospital has determined that it is necessary to place you inactive on the waiting list. You will be inactivated on the list for non-compliance by not receiving the COVID vaccine. You will have 30 days to begin the vaccination series. If your decision is to refuse COVID vaccination you will be removed from the kidney transplant list. You will continue to accrue waiting time, but you will not receive a kidney offer while listed inactive. Once you complete the COVID vaccination series you will be reactivated on the kidney transplant list pending any other changes in your health condition.

      What else do we know about this?

      The Post report noted that the health system "declined to discuss particular patients" due to federal guidelines.

      The health system on Tuesday, however, confirmed that "nearly all of its transplant recipients and organ donors must get vaccinated against the coronavirus."

      Dan Weaver, a spokesperson for UCHealth, said the health system isn't the only one making such decisions in the United States, and pointed out that certain conditions on meeting the requirements for organ transplants — including smoking cessation and more — are nothing new.

      "An organ transplant is a unique surgery that leads to a lifetime of specialized management to ensure an organ is not rejected, which can lead to serious complications, the need for a subsequent transplant surgery, or even death," Weaver said. "Physicians must consider the short- and long-term health risks for patients as they consider whether to recommend an organ transplant."

      Weaver did not state what might exempt a patient from getting the vaccine.



        Unvaccinated woman delivers ominous message after hospital denies organ transplant over vaccination status: 'My days are numbered'

        October 08, 2021

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        A Colorado woman who says the UCHealth system denied her organ transplant because she is not vaccinated against COVID-19 says that her "days are numbered."

        Earlier this week, the Colorado health system confirmed it will deny organ transplants for unvaccinated patients in "almost all situations."
        What are the details?

        The woman, Leilani Lutali, told Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Thursday that she has stage 5 renal failure.

        "I believe that my days are numbered as I continue to deteriorate in my GFR numbers," she said.

        Lutali, who appeared alongside donor Jamiee Fougner, added that she reached out to the health system, which that she was "irresponsible in not getting" the COVID-19 vaccine.

        Fougner added, "How can I sit here and allow them to murder my friend when I've got a perfectly good kidney and can save her life?"

        The two met during a Bible study group over the past year. Fougner offered one of her kidneys to Lutali after the two developed a close friendship.

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        "They're holding my kidney hostage and she's going to die because they won't give it to her."

        Fox reported that the health system released a statement on the announcement which read, "For transplant patients who contract COVID-19, the mortality rate ranges from about 20% to more than 30%. This shows the extreme risk that COVID-19 poses to transplant recipients after their surgeries."

        UCHealth previously added, "This is why it is essential that both the recipient and the living donor be vaccinated and take other precautions prior to undergoing transplant surgery. Surgeries may be postponed until patients take all required precautions in order to give them the best chance at positive outcomes."

        In its letter to Lutali, the health system said:
        The transplant team at University of Colorado Hospital has determined that it is necessary to place you inactive on the waiting list. You will be inactivated on the list for non-compliance by not receiving the COVID vaccine. You will have 30 days to begin the vaccination series. If your decision is to refuse COVID vaccination you will be removed from the kidney transplant list. You will continue to accrue waiting time, but you will not receive a kidney offer while listed inactive. Once you complete the COVID vaccination series you will be reactivated on the kidney transplant list pending any other changes in your health condition.

        Ingraham pointed out that she believes the case is a "classic" example of "discrimination."

        [See video in the Article Link, where the patient herself discusses her situation.]




          NOVEMBER 26, 2021 PUBLIUS 2 COMMENTS
          As Bobby Kennedy’s book on Fauci, “The Real Anthony Fauci,” skyrockets to the top of the Amazon charts and scoops up five-star reviews, and as the US media reports that COVID cases are rising, even though half the population is purportedly “vaccinated” and much of the other half has developed natural immunity, Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of the mRNA delivery system now being used by Pfizer and Moderna, has come out swinging against Anthony Fauci.

          Cases of COVID, since the start of the two weeks to “flatten the curve” last year, are measured by the highly controversial PCR test. (See: FierceBiotech: FDA warns Abbott Alinity PCR COVID test results may only be ‘presumptive’ due to risk of false positives)

          In a fawning interview with NBC’s Ari Melber, Fauci last week said that Tucker Carlson and others who criticize him are “killing people.” Afterwards, Dr. Malone, who did his work on mRNA technology while at the Salks Institute, and who did post-doc work at Harvard Medical School, struck back.

          Dr. Robert Malone:

          “Look Tony, there are over half a million deaths in the United States for this virus, completely unnecessary because the federal government has very actively blocked the ability of physicians to provide lifesaving medications early in the infection. They’ve set a policy where physicians aren’t supposed to be treating as outpatients, they’re only supposed to be treating as inpatients. And you only get admitted when your body is pretty effectively trashed by the virus. And so we have this high rate of dying.”

          The world renown scientist thus lays many future COVID deaths, as long as Fauci’s policies are in place, at the feet of Fauci.

          In an amusing coda to expected attacks on Malone’s credentials, after warning that the mRNA vaccines in their presently untested state were a “danger,” Wikipedia attempted to erase references to his role in inventing the mRNA vaccine platform. But readers found archived Wikipedia pages confirming his role (below.)


          Below: Dr. Robert Malone: ““Look Tony, there are over half a million deaths in the United States for this virus, completely unnecessary…” (View on Bitchute)

          As of the end of November, 67 studies, including 58 randomized control trials and 46 peer-reviewed, showed up to 80% reductions in COVID mortality with the use of Ivermectin under doctor supervision. Dr. Malone’s estimate that 500,000 people’s deaths were “unnecessary” is in line with that number.

          Dr. Malone is one of the 4,200 doctors and scientists who have signed the Fall 2021 “Rome Declaration,” which calls for doctors to have their unfettered traditional, medical judgement-based use of FDA certified drugs for off-label uses. Key among these for COVID are Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, which are widely used with reported great success in other countries, such as India, Indonesia, Mexico, many African countries, and now Japan.

          Despite ongoing FDA and media assertions that Ivermectin does not work, and in fact can be dangerous, such assertions never rebut, and simply ignore, overwhelming evidence to the contrary. There is strong evidence that Ivermectin is even effective against all COVID variants, including “Delta.”

          But the most shocking example of evidence being simply ignored as the mantra “no evidence” is repeated, are the multiple studies linked to the FDA’s own webpage on Ivermectin.
          FDA’s Own Cited Studies Show Ivermectin Works, Pandemic Was Manufactured

          The FDA’s own website which says that Ivermectin is not “effective against COVID” links to multiple science which says exactly the opposite.

          The discovery takes place as the newsletter for the Kaiser health system reports an influx of non-COVID patients with “heart conditions” and “blood clots,” which have been associated with the Pfizer/Moderna mRNA injections. Taiwan, Germany, and France have all placed restrictions on the injections for younger age groups.

          Despite warnings that Ivemectin can be dangerous, which is always a result of desperate people not under doctor supervision either taking massive, non-recommended doses, or taking animal versions, the drug has a sterling safety record. A study posted at the NIH website says:

          “Ivermectin has continually proved to be astonishingly safe for human use.”

          Although the links for the individual studies on Ivermectin at the FDA website go only to the study protocols, the studies may be researched by title and the full studies found.

          One must ask if the bureaucrats at FDA and other agencies charged with public health honestly think that Americans cannot read. Media reporters seem not to be able to read, either.

          FDA November 2021 Ivermectin page. (Web archive of FDA Ivermectin page as it appeared on Nov. 11, 2021)

          “Clinical Trials” page link on FDA Ivermectin page (PDF archive of “Clinical Trials” page as it appeared on Nov. 11, 2021)



            More “Covid Suicides” than Covid Deaths in Kids

            More “Covid Suicides” than Covid Deaths in Kids

            Micha Gartz
            March 17, 2021

            Before Covid, an American youth died by suicide every six hours. Suicide is a major public health threat and a leading cause of death for those aged under 25 — one far bigger than Covid. And it is something that we have only made worse as we, led by politicians and ‘the science,’ deprived our youngest members of society — who constitute one-third of the US population — of educational, emotional and social development without their permission or consent for over a year.

            And why? For what?

            We were scared. We were scared for our lives and those of people we love. And, like your average German-on-the-street in the 1930s and 40s, we believed that doing what we were told and supporting the national cause would save us and our families.

            The reality is we sacrificed others without a second thought. We have sacrificed our youths’ lives and future livelihoods in a desperate attempt to save a slim minority of the elderly population who have surpassed the average US life expectancy of 78.8 years and those who were already on their way out.

            Source: Data from “NC-EST2019-SYASEXN: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population by Single Year of Age and Sex for the United States: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2019.” 2020 Census.
            The median age — not the average, but the middle — of Covid-deaths is 80. Covid poses minimal risk to healthy individuals under 65, and is even less of a threat to youths (those aged under 25). In fact, preliminary data suggest Covid accounted for barely 1.2% of all deaths in the under-25 age group. Graphically, that’s the solid red line along the bottom of the graph below — the one you would probably miss if I didn’t draw attention to it. The distance between that and the solid pink line across the top that caught your eye? That represents the other 98.8% of deaths that had nothing to do with Covid.
            Source: Data from “Provisional COVID-19 Death Counts by Sex, Age, and Week.” CDC 2020. As data is provisional it may not include complete data for the final 8 weeks (the time period with large decline on the graph) and is subject to change.
            A back-of-the-envelope calculation shows that, compared to 2018 and 2019 deaths per 100k, 2020 saw one extra death among those under age five, an additional 1.5 deaths among those aged 5 to 14, and a whopping 23 additional deaths among those aged 15 to 24. Overall, deaths per 100k in this age group jumped from 106.4 per 100k in 2019 to 131.7 per 100k during 2020. That’s an increase of 23% — and Covid only accounts for 1.2% of total deaths in ages 0–24 years.

            All-Cause Deaths per 100,000 of US population under 25 years
            Ages 2018 2019 2020
            1 – 4 Years 24 23.3 24.3
            5 – 14 Years 13.3 13.4 14.9
            15 -24 Years 70.2 69.7 92.5
            Total < 25 107.5 106.4 131.7
            Source: 2018/2019 data from “Mortality in the United States, 2019,” Figure 3: Death rates for ages 1 year and over: United States, 2018 and 2019; and 2020 data drawn from “Provisional COVID-19 Death Counts by Sex, Age, and Week.” 2020 data is an estimate based on the CDC’s provisional death count – which may not include complete data for the previous 8 weeks and is subject to change.
            The biggest increase in youth deaths occurred in the 15-24 age bracket — the age group most susceptible to committing suicide, and which constitutes 91% of youth suicides. Indeed, as early as July 2020 — just four months into the pandemic — CDC Director Robert Redfield remarked that
            there has been another cost that we’ve seen, particularly in high schools. We’re seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID. We’re seeing far greater deaths from drug overdose.

            Although complete national suicide data for 2020 likely won’t be publicly available until 2022, Redfield’s claim is supported by the increase in calls and emails witnessed by mental illness hotlines.

            Between March and August the National Alliance on Mental Illness HelpLine reported a 65% increase in calls and emails. The Trevor Project — which targets suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth — saw double its usual call volume. The jump in helpline calls hadn’t let up by the end of 2020: in November Crisis Text Line received 180,000 calls — its highest volume ever, and an increase of 30,000 from the previous month. Over 90% of those were from people under 35.

            Such “deaths of despair” tend to be higher among youths, particularly for those about to graduate or enter the workforce. With economic shrinkage due to lockdowns and forced closures of universities, youths face both less economic opportunity and limited social support — which plays an important role in reporting and preventing self-harm — through social networks. “We know that participation in sports and a connection to school can have a profound protective effect,” says Pittsburgh psychiatry professor David Brent. But “the stressor that COVID represents,” says University of Oregon clinical psychology professor Nick Allen,
            takes away [the] good things [in life]. You can’t go to sporting events, you can’t see your friends, you can’t go to parties. […] we’re taking away high points in people’s lives that give them reward and meaning. […] over time, the anhedonia, the loss of pleasure, is going to drive you down a lot more.

            And, “while adults have had multiple years to practice stress management and build skills around that,” says YouthLine program director, Emily Moser, “young people haven’t had that.” Many of YouthLine’s callers grieved not being able to do things they normally could — from after-school activities, to spending time with friends and missing milestones such as graduations. Many of these mental health problems and suicidal behaviour created by lockdowns, “are likely to be present for longer and peak later than the actual pandemic,” according to University of Bristol suicidology expert David J. Gunnell.

            Generally suicides decrease in the immediate aftermath of short-term local or national emergencies (such as hurricanes) because, as the University of Kentucky’s director of the Suicide Prevention and Exposure Laboratory, Julie Cerel, explained, “[p]eople have [a] pull-together mentality.” However, this effect appears to disintegrate over longer periods of crisis, such as in the aftermath of financial crises. Between 2008 and 2012, in the wake of the financial crisis, suicide was the second (ages 15-19) and third leading cause of youth deaths (ages 10-14 and 20-24).

            In August 2020, FAIR Health found a 334% spike in intentional self-harm claims among 13–18 year olds in the Northeast compared to the same month in 2019. Nationally self-harm medical claim lines nearly doubled for this group in both March and April, while claim lines for overdoses as a percentage of all medical claim lines increased 95% and 119% percent respectively.

            Indeed, during the first eight months of 2020, suicides in Los Alamos (NM) tripled while Fresno (CA) numbers jumped 70% in June 2020 compared to the same month the previous year. Even the CDC acknowledges a 31% increase in the proportion of mental health-related ER visits for 12 to 17 year olds between March and October last year compared to the previous year.

            Suicide is already the 10th leading cause of death in the US, with one death for every 24 attempts. Yet we continue to sacrifice the well-being of 103.3 million youths — equivalent to roughly 31.5% of the US population — out of fear for a fraction of the 4% that live past the average life expectancy of 78.8 years.

            Why are we even attempting to subject the entirety of the US population to isolation and ineffectual mask-wearing, instead of supporting voluntary focused protection for those who actually need it? And why do we continue to deny all groups the opportunity to enjoy and celebrate life when, after one year, deaths from and with Covid — number 520,000 — and are barely equivalent to 0.16% of the population?

            Society needs to remember that the stolen Covid generation will one day run the country. Teachers resisting returning to class should recognize that this generation currently locked-in to bedroom Zoom classes will one day care for us in our old age. And politicians should remember that this generation whose rights have so blatantly been violated will soon be able to vote.


            If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255



              U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Spike Amid the Pandemic

              OPIOID CRISIS

              by Felix Richter,
              Nov 18, 2021

              Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States is also dealing with another national health crisis, one that has been going on for years and is only getting worse. The opioid crisis.

              On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released preliminary data showing that U.S. drug overdose deaths surpassed 100,000 for the first time in the twelve months ending April 2021, jumping nearly 40 percent since 2019.

              The pandemic has been identified as a major contributor to the latest surge in overdose deaths. However, experts agree that it only exacerbated a crisis that existed long before COVID-19. While the unique circumstances of the past one and a half years have undoubtedly disrupted outreach and treatment programs while increasing levels of social isolation, the main problem lies in the availability and potency of synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent than heroin and, due to its low price, it is often used to lace other drugs, which makes it especially dangerous. According to the CDC’s latest data, synthetic opioids were involved in more than 60 percent of overdose deaths last year.

              “As we continue to make strides to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot overlook this epidemic of loss, which has touched families and communities across the country,” President Biden said in a statement, pledging that his administration will do everything in its power to “turn the tide on this epidemic.”

              Felix Richter
              Data Journalist
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              This chart shows the number of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. from 2000 to 2021.