As the level of infection and deaths from coronavirus increases in a day, it is easy to forget that there are other epidemics plaguing Americans across the country. And although the pandemic has a direct impact on the elderly, the lives of young people are affected by other crises. According to one of the top health officials, there are tragically two things that kill more young people than COVID itself.
In an online interview with the Buck Institute earlier this month, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Robert Redfield, MD, openly discussed how school closures have affected children and adolescents across the country, and how pre-existing problems are becoming an even bigger problem for young people. “Unfortunately, we now see far more suicides than deaths from COVID. We see far more deaths from drug overdoses that are in excess than we do than we see deaths from COVIDsaid Redfield.
His comments highlight problems that were already considered epidemics in the United States, but the tragic increase in young people occurred months after the forced shutdown of COVID-19. A briefing by the American Medical Association (AMA) in early July said they were “deeply concerned about the growing number of national, state and local media reports of increased opioid mortality,” citing an increase in 35 state overdoses.
These issues have become even more worrying because the assistance and resources allocated to them are either overflowing with COVID or are now too dangerous to access. A survey conducted in June at the Drug Policy Forum showed that 20 percent of respondents reported an increase in drug abuse, and 34 percent reported a change in their recovery or treatment due to a pandemic.
“I firmly believe that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is a connection.” Mike BrumageThis was stated by a doctor of medicine, former director of the Department of Drug Policy in West Virginia Guardian. “It’s clear that we lost the pandemic – it’s a loss of communication.”
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As the growing drug epidemic continues to worsen, suicide among young people continues to pose a serious threat to public health. According to the CDC, suicide is the leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 34 in the United States.
Because of the pandemic isolation caused by school closures and social distancing guidelines, many vulnerable young people are now facing mental health problems more than ever. “A lot of people pay attention to the coronavirus because it’s right in front of us,” one 18-year-old told NPR. “But at the same time, the level of adolescent depression is a silent threat.” And for more mental health tips, check out 14 expert ways to improve your mental health every day.
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1. The number of infections, the sources of which are unknown.
2. The rate of infection among health professionals.
3. Isolation of symptomatic patients.
4. How many close contacts are positive during quarantine.
5. Local spread of coronavirus.
6. Coefficient of “excess mortality”.
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