CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on National and State Increases in Opioid Involved Overdose between 2010 and 2015

January 12th, 2017

Drug overdose deaths nearly tripled during 1999-2014. Among 47,055 drug overdose deaths that occurred in 2014 in the United States, 28,647 (60.9%) involved an opioid. In 2015, this number increased to 52,404, of which 63.1% involved opioids. Illicit opioids are contributing to the increase in opioid overdose deaths. This report examines overall drug poisoning deaths and stratifies by substances, regions, and states. North Carolina is ranked 28th and its rate of change is markedly less than many other states. The authors point out that there are a number of limitations to the data and conclusions.  

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