The silicones, an artificial substance that is typically used in the food industry to make doughnuts, ice cream and ice cream products, have been widely blamed for a rise in drug-related deaths in the United States.
While there is a strong correlation between a rise and a rise of drug- related deaths, the trend has been slower to reach epidemic proportions, according to research released by the nonprofit Center for Drug Policy and Research (CDPR).
“While the rise of silicone-related drug deaths has been dramatic and worrisome, the recent reduction in use suggests that a broader shift is occurring,” said Sarah Kneebone, director of the CDPR’s Drug Policy Program.
“The siliconeday-related rise in deaths may not be the result of an increased drug overdose, but instead a trend toward fewer and fewer people using these drugs, leading to a wider, more sustainable distribution model,” Kneerone said.
She added that the recent rise in silicons deaths may be a result of a “worrisome shift in drug consumption.”
“This trend is not simply a result and consequence of an increase in silicone consumption.
It is also likely a consequence of a shift in the use of siliquillisers, particularly in the form of ice cream, as a result from a new, less toxic way to make these products,” Knaerone added.
The study, conducted by researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, found that between 2003 and 2017, the use and sales of silicone-based ice cream in the U.S. fell by nearly a third, from more than 1.3 million units per year to 1.2 million units.
In 2016, there were more than 20,000 ice cream recipes that included silicone.
According to the CDC, there have been more than 40 deaths linked to silicone-containing products since 2002, and the vast majority of those deaths were related to siliconic acid, a compound commonly found in silicone-filling products such as ice cream makers.
For the study, researchers compared the number of cases of siliccones-related death from 2004 to 2017 and compared it to the number in the same time period with non-siliconic-based products.
They also examined the percentage of people using silicontin-based medications and found that the decline was not statistically significant.
However, they also found that more than half of those who died from silicon-related illnesses had a drug use history, and that the trend continued through the second half of 2017.
A 2015 study published in the journal Drug Safety found that there was a 10-fold increase in the number that were diagnosed with siliconal diseases during the first half of 2016 compared to the second.
As of December 2018, there had been morethan 7,700 cases of the disease and more than 9,200 deaths.
Researchers from the CDC and the CDC/National Institute on Drug Abuse, said that the drug-drug interaction of silicone-based ingredients can be particularly dangerous because it can mimic the effect of opioids and lead to opioid-related respiratory distress syndrome.
Silicones are widely used in a number of industries including cosmetics, food manufacturing and food packaging, according the researchers.