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Drug Overdose Deaths at All-Time High

Monday, December 19, 2016  
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Drug Overdose Deaths at All-Time High

The Centers for Disease Control issued its Morbidity and Mortality Report, which contains the latest statistics on overdose deaths in the United State. 

According to the report, in 2015, more than 52,000 people died from a drug overdose, and of those, 33,091 (63.1%) involved an opioid. In addition, heroin-related death rates increased 20.6% from 2014 to 2015, totaling 12,989 deaths in 2015. Heroin is often cut with illicitly-made fentanyl—with or without the user’s knowledge—in order to increase its effect. Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, such as illicitly-made fentanyl, increased by 72.2% from 2014 to 2015.

Death rates that involved synthetic opioids, other than methadone, and heroin increased in both sexes and all race/ethnicity groups. Between 2010 and 2015, the rate of drug overdose deaths in the United States increased in 30 states and DC, remained stable in 19 states, and showed decreasing trends followed by increases in two states. Natural/semi-synthetic opioid death rates increased in the Northeast and South, and methadone death rates decreased in the South. Death rates involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, and heroin death rates increased in all regions from 2014-2015. Since 2000, more than 300,000 people have died of drug overdose.

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