Ease of Covid lockdown restrictions may help diminish drug addiction, National Institute on Drug Abuse director says – CNBC

The variety of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. hit a grim record, as the country concurrently fought the Covid-19 pandemic. A total of 93,331 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2020, which represents nearly a 30% increase from the year before, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, told CNBCs “The News with Shepard Smith” that shes hopeful that the spike in drug overdoses will not be lasting. ” One of the reasons why Im positive … is that one of the elements that added to that boost in substance abuse was the seclusion, social distancing, which does not allow you to supply Narcan, which reverses overdoses,” said Volkow. “That anguish that individuals felt, ideally, will begin to be reduced.” Volkow added that individuals will now have the ability to restore social support systems that existed before the Covid pandemic which healthcare systems will have the ability to refocus on offering treatment for opioid abuse condition. The U.S. also recorded the most deaths from opioid overdoses in 2020, and more than 60% of those deaths included fentanyl. Host Shepard Smith asked Volkow why fentanyl played such an enormous function in the drug overdoses. Volkow described that it pertained to effectiveness and rates. ” Fentanyl is a really potent drug, and its in fact 50 times more powerful than heroin, therefore you need smaller volumes to produce the exact same impact,” Volkow stated. “So it in fact offers a huge earnings for the illicit drug market, and its been utilized to in fact pollute other drugs, and so when you mix fentanyl with drugs like methamphetamine or drug, you make them so much more lethal.”