The results of a recent poll reveal that the majority of Americans have less faith when it comes to dealing with the drug problem in the United States than at any time in history.
Among political demographics, 40 percent of Democrats believe America is making headway against drugs and 27 percent believe the situation is getting worse. Among independents, 52 percent think America is sliding backward in the fight against the illegal drug issue and 22 percent feel like things are getting better.
Republicans take the harder stance, with 75 percent saying America is losing ground in the fight against illegal drugs and only 12 percent believing we're making progress.
These opinions, the survey reveals, are based on the fact that overdoses from illegal drugs are on the rise. Although much of that increase stems from synthetic opioids like fentanyl, overdoses linked to other types of drugs like cocaine and methamphetamines have also risen.
Statistics by state show that the state of Washington had the biggest increase in reported drug overdose deaths during the same period, rising from 2,389 overdose deaths for the 12 months ending June 2022 to 3,269 overdose deaths in the 12 months ending June 2023, an increase of 36.84 percent.
North Carolina had the greatest improvement, falling from 4,058 in the 12 months ending in June 2022 to 3,131 in the 12 months pending June 2023, a decrease of 22.84 percent.
Of those, 572 overdose deaths involved fentanyl, and 26 of those deaths involved the use of xylazine.
Xylazine, commonly known as “tranq,” is a tranquilizer used by veterinarians to sedate or relieve pain in animals like horses, cats, and dogs. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved its use in humans. On the streets, xylazine is mixed with other drugs like fentanyl, heroin, or cocaine to enhance the "high." Because its use in humans can cause necrotic skin ulcers to appear on the skin, it is commonly known on the streets as the “zombie drug.”