Opioid Deaths Hit All Time High in 2014

January 7th, 2016

newsletter3According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in statistics released 12-21-15, drug overdose deaths reached an all-time high in 2014 in the United States, with increases in prescription opioid pain reliever and heroin deaths as the biggest drivers. Despite ever-increasing awareness and efforts to fight the epidemic, there was a 14% rise in overdose deaths from 2013 and 2014. The number of drug overdoses was 1.5 times greater than the number killed in motor vehicle accidents.

Drug overdose deaths have increased in both men and women, in non-Hispanic whites and blacks, and in adults of nearly all ages, the CDC said. Rates of drug overdose deaths were highest in West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky, and Ohio.

The biggest increase in deaths was from synthetic opioids, which went up 80%. According to the CDC, the increase in synthetic opioid deaths coincided with increased reports by law enforcement of illicitly manufactured fentanyl.

View the Full CDC Morbidity and Mortality Report from Dec 18, 2015

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