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The unprecedented number of U.S. drug overdose deaths last year exceeded the combined fatalities in the world’s top five deadliest armed conflicts during the same period, including Afghanistan and Mexico, a Breitbart News analysis revealed.

Moreover, the 93,331 lethal drug overdoses in 2020 are over five times greater than the combined 10,156 deaths and 7,729 injuries from worldwide Islamic terror attacks, honor killings, and Sharia executions recorded by the Religion of Peace website that tallies such casualties.

Breitbart News analyzed overdose data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and war zone fatalities documented by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), a non-profit that tracks violent incidents around the globe.

CDC estimated that lethal overdoses in the U.S. reached at least 93,331 last year, surpassing the 64,438 combined number of fatalities recorded by ACLED from all five countries with the most reported deaths linked to political violence in 2020.

ACLED’s definition of political violence events covers armed organized conflicts, conventional wars, cartel wars, violent riots, among other incidents.

“The countries home to the most reported fatalities from political violence in 2020 include Afghanistan (20,744 fatalities), Yemen (19,685 fatalities), Mexico (8,399 fatalities), Syria (7,950 fatalities), and Nigeria (7,660 fatalities),” ACLED, a prominent source for news outlets, reported.

Among those 64,438 deaths, which only amount to about 70 percent of U.S. overdose fatalities, are civilians, state forces, militiamen, and rioters, among other actors.

The U.S. overdose fatalities last year eclipsed the killings from worldwide political violence events directly targeting civilians alone.

U.S. lethal overdoses mark a nearly three-fold increase from the 33,790 fatalities from political violence targeting civilians worldwide, Breitbart News determined.

In its annual review of 2020 political violence events and fatalities, the organization noted:

The countries that registered the highest number of political violence events in 2020 are predominantly those experiencing conventional conflicts, like Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, and Afghanistan. That Mexico also tops the list reveals how the country’s gang violence has created a conflict environment that rivals an active war zone. All of these countries, with the exception of Ukraine, additionally registered the highest numbers of fatalities in 2020, underscoring the continued lethality of these ongoing conflicts.
In Nigeria, government forces have been fighting jihadi groups for years, including Boko Haram and the Islamic State (ISIS). Islamic Fulani herdsmen, one of the most active ethnic terrorists last year, have also been brutally killing Christian farmers in Nigeria in recent years.

ACLED identified the countries with the highest levels of civilian targeting events, from most to least, as Mexico, Brazil, Syria, Yemen, and India, adding:

Civilians continued to come under attack in a variety of contexts, from conventional conflicts in Syria and Yemen, to gang wars in Mexico and Brazil. In some spaces, civilians came under multiple concurrent threats, such as in India, where they faced persistent mob and communal violence as well as conflicts in Kashmir and the Red Corridor [region, home to communist insurgents].
Opioids, mainly synthetic fentanyl, were the primary driver of the record number of lethal overdoses last year, along with other drugs trafficked across the U.S.-Mexico border, such as methamphetamine and cocaine.

Some U.S. officials believe heroin from Afghanistan, the top opium-producing country in the world and a primary source of income for the Taliban, may also be contributing to the overdose fatalities in the U.S.

China, which borders Afghanistan, is the top producer of fentanyl globally, much of which ends up in the hands of Mexican cartels.




 

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Though some opium may reach the U.S. from Afghanistan sources, logistically and economically, the heroin produced there goes predominantly to Europe.

Most of what the U.S. gets is "contributed" from sources in Central, South America and our good neighbors in Mexico. Our users/addicts are mostly home-grown, of course.
 

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I would consider that a ridiculous apples and oranges comparison. Why are they comparing US deaths from opiates to Islamic terrorism all over the world? What does one situation have to do with another? Taking drugs is something you do to yourself. Being a victim of terrorist murder is purely victimization. I have sympathy for the opiate problem, but I don't even see it in the same frame as terrorism.

Our population has proven time and time again that if you cut off one substance to overdose on, addicts will find another one. And sorry if this offends someone, but it's not like we are losing our model citizens over opiates.

We could all be victims of terrorism no matter what we do. You have to go out of your way to overdose on opiates.

This is a perfect example of media misuse of statistics.
 

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Wow, i get to use the exact same line i used in another post.
I'm sure none of this has anything to do with the flood of illegals crossing our borders..

Also I'm sure none of it has to do with the strict lock downs and other covid mandates....
 

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My brother is in those numbers somewhere. We lost him to an overdose July 17th.
 

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On the bright side if this keeps up, we'll no longer have an illegal drug problem.
 
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the media has to make up their "news" somewhere.
they dont have anything good to report on the dems and have to fill their time with something to keep the people scared so they will run to the government for help.
 
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