A war that has left more than 10 million people with severe pain has left millions more without access to essential medicines, according to an analysis of U.N. data by The Associated Press.
The U.S. has seen more than 2.5 million deaths in a decade of the opioid epidemic, which has killed nearly 5,000 people a day and has driven up the price of the painkiller OxyContin by more than 50 percent, according the report by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at Columbia University.
The report said the war has left about 3 million people in sub-Saharan Africa in need of pain relief, compared to 2.4 million for all of 2015.
It also found that the war killed more than 3 million children, according with the report released on Wednesday.
“It is not surprising that people are going to get injured and die,” said David Mancuso, the report’s lead author.
“This is not an epidemic where you’re going to see these massive spikes in deaths.”
The report showed that the United States has the highest number of deaths from opioid overdoses per capita in the world, surpassing Russia, which had 9,631.
The United States had the highest death rate per capita from other drugs in the past decade, surpassed by Mexico, which saw a total of 1,822 deaths from drug overdoses.
The war in South Sudan has killed 1.6 million people, with more than 600,000 killed in the war, the most since it erupted in 2011.
The war has killed more women than men, with women accounting for nearly one-third of the war’s victims, and the number of people killed by war in Africa and South Asia was twice that of the United Nations’ worst-hit countries, Afghanistan and Syria.
“The United States is the only nation that has not seen an increase in death from war since the outbreak of the epidemic in 2011,” said Peter Singer, the author of the report.
“We know it is more difficult to control a war than the epidemic is.”
The war has also killed more children than adults.
The report said there were 8.2 million children under the age of five who died from the war in 2015.
About 13.2 percent of children under age five died of the disease, compared with 4.8 percent of adults, the lowest rate of any country.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said the country’s drug-related deaths increased by 1,079 in 2015 compared to 2014, largely due to the war.
In the previous decade, the United Nation’s Office on Drug Control and Crime had estimated that the death toll from the epidemic had fallen by almost 1,000.
“South Sudan has the potential to become a regional epicenter of the global opioid epidemic,” said John Smeeding, the U. N. envoy for the war on drugs.
The Associated Press