As per a recent study, the U.S.A has over double the rate when it comes to overdose drug deaths within a minimum of 12 other nations; estimating approximately over 63,600 fatalities in 2016 due to drug overdoses.
CNN advised that the study team also discovered that America had the second-highest rise in these types of deaths, with just over four percent each year in males, and just over five percent in females. The country of Estonia hit the number one spot.
The study reviewed patterns and trends of overdose deaths due to drugs from individuals aged 20-64 years of age, across 13 nations within the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development from 2001 to 2015. Countries involved in the study, along with the U.S., included: Chile, Australia, Denmark, Wales and England (data was combined for these countries), Finland, Estonia, Germany, Norway, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Spain.
The study team pointed out that opioids play a key role in the enhanced rates of overdose drug deaths within America. In fact, the research relays that opioid deaths within the U.S. “tripled epidemic waves”, which began with deaths emerging in the late ‘90s due to prescription opioids, and then synthetic opioids resulting in fatalities starting in and around 2010.
Other nations have been able to come up with viable solutions around opioid deaths, such as France (who was not included in this study). In fact, France removed restrictions on individuals who were prescribed buprenorphine, and the mortality rate for the nation, and opioid mortality overdose rate, decreased by 79 percent.
Many experts believe that enhancing access to abuse disorder treatments, hand-in-hand with a heightened understanding around the fact that these addictions are medical conditions that can be treated, could help decrease these overdose deaths across the U.S. This would also include allowing more individuals access to medications that could help them when managing their opioid addiction.