While the world locked down over a flu-like virus with a 99.97% survival rate, suicides and drug overdoses surged amid pandemic-prevention measures.

The CDC revealed in a report on Wednesday that more than 93,000 Americans died in 2020 alone from drug overdoses, many of which were drug-induced suicides, Human Events revealed.

This 30 percent surge in drug overdoses marks the sharpest increase in the last three decades.

Federal data and public health officials have attributed the fatal drug overdoses to the detrimental toll lockdowns and other pandemic-related measures took on mental health, such as feelings of isolation and depression.

Fentanyl, a powerful opioid, was the main drug behind most of the deaths, according to the CDC.

“Definitely fentanyl is the driving factor,” said Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Criticizing the United States’ public health response to the skyrocketing drug overdose rates, Brendan Saloner, associate professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said “That is a stunning number even for those of us who have tracked this issue. Our public health tools have not kept pace with the urgency of the crisis.”

Although fentanyl overdoses and drug-induced suicides surged last year, public health “experts” and “officials” insisted on continuing lockdowns and reduced exposure to other people.

Current CDC data states that just “5% of death certificates,” showed that COVID-19 was the only condition present, which they attributed to “a lack of detail listed about other conditions present at the time.”

That means 5% of COVID-19 deaths, or 19,260 out of 385,201, were caused by the virus alone. The rest had an average of 2.5 or more co-morbidities, which were also listed as causes of death. Among the most common pre-existing conditions the CDC found were deadly health problems such as varying heart diseases, respiratory illnesses, influenza and pneumonia, organ failure, cancer, obesity, and cognitive diseases.

Not to minimize individuals who died with COVID-19 plus multiple other causes of death, but we must start talking about the fact that there were four times as many drug overdose-caused deaths than due to COVID-19.

According to a U.K. study on how the pandemic is affecting children, nearly five times as many children died by suicide than by the coronavirus in 2020, Breitbart reported.

Studies conducted by University College London, University of York, University of Liverpool, and University of Bristol revealed that only 25 children under 18-years-old died of COVID-19 alone, while 124 children died of suicide.

“The risk of removal of [children and young people] from their normal activities across education and social events may prove a greater risk than that of SARS-CoV-2 itself,” the research concluded.

With the mounting evidence that government-imposed lockdowns are worse than the virus itself, it is painfully obvious that we must forgo all shutdown measures immediately as the real pandemic/public health crisis here is drug overdose and suicide.