Drug overdose deaths rise by 60 percent in Russia during pandemic

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In Russia, in 2020, the number of drug-related deaths increased by 60 percent compared to the previous year, which repeats the trend around the world during the coronavirus pandemic.

RBC (Ross Business Consulting) TV channel, according to the analysis of data from the Russian Statistics Agency, reported that last year, 7316 people died from drug overdoses. A year earlier, that number was 4,569.

In 2016-2018, in Russia, between 4,400 and 4,800 people died due to drugs.

In 2020, 50,400 people also died from alcohol-related causes, or 6.3 percent more than in 2019.

In June, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime noted that the pandemic had led to an increase in drug use worldwide, partly due to economic hardship and mental health problems.

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