Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-07-16 21:21:29 –
Lancaster, Kentucky (LEX 18) — Thousands of Americans lost another battle in 2020 as the United States fought to win the fight against the coronavirus, while drug overdose surged across the country. It was.
According to preliminary data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths from overdose nationwide increased to a record high of 93,000 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The data show an increase of 29.4 percent nationwide compared to 2019.
In Kentucky, the number of overdose increased by 53.7 percent. There were 1,369 deaths from overdose in 2019 and 2,104 deaths in 2020.
CDC experts say that people with substance use disorders were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Blockades and restrictions disrupted daily life, isolated people and made it difficult to receive treatment.
Garrard County Judge-Executive John Wilson says at some point he lost more people due to drug overdose than the coronavirus.
“The mother knew many times that the prison would protect someone from overdose, so she would call and say,’Keep your son in jail,'” Wilson said. “This affects every level of our society.”
According to the coroner’s office, Garrard County recorded 14 deaths from overdose in 2020.
Emergency management services director Tim May says drug-related calls have nearly doubled.
In 2019, they responded to 37 non-fatal overdose. In 2020, they responded to 71.
“It’s painful to be honest with you,” May said. “One of the things I tell them is,’One day we’re not going to get there in time to be able to help.'”
Madison County Corona Jimmy Cornelison says overdose has also skyrocketed.
Cornelison states that it is on the rise again in 2021.
“No one wants to hear the statement that the war on drugs has been lost, but I will tell you that the war on drugs has been lost,” Cornelison said.
In 2020, 59 people died from overdose in Madison County.
So far in 2021, Cornelison has confirmed 48 deaths from overdose. 11 more are still pending.
“There’s nothing everyday about this. Nothing,” Cornelison said.
In Madison County EMS, non-fatal overdose increased by 27% between 2019 and 2020.
Carlos Coyle, EMS Director, predicts that the 2021 numbers will be even higher.
“The greatest spirit in the world is tackling this issue, and again, we’re just out of position. What we’re doing isn’t working. But we If we weren’t doing what we were doing now, these numbers would be more astronomical than they already are, “Coil said.
A similar situation is occurring in Fayette County.
According to Coroner Gary Ginn, deaths from overdose increased by 63% between 2019 and 2020. 128 people died in 2019, 208 people died in 2020, and at least 101 people died from drug overdose in 2021.
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