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Record Number of Drug Overdose Deaths in USA in 2016

Drug overdose deaths in the United States continue to spiral out of control with the number of deaths for 2016 higher than that for 2015 by over 17 percent.

Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor

Atlanta, GA, United States (4E) – Drug overdose deaths within the United States proceed to spiral uncontrolled with the variety of deaths for 2016 increased than that for 2015 by over 17 %.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated the lethal spike in deaths is one other signal of the rising dependancy disaster attributable to opioids, each prescription (equivalent to Oxycontin) and unlawful (equivalent to fentanyl and heroin).

CDC knowledge from all 50 states exhibits that from the fourth quarter of 2015 to the fourth quarter of 2016, the speed of deadly drug overdoses rose to almost 20 individuals per 100,000 from 16.three per 100,000. That’s even increased than the gun loss of life fee, which stood at 12 per 100,000 individuals in 2016.

CDC beforehand estimated that some 64,000 individuals died from drug overdoses in 2016. The states with the very best overdose loss of life charges are New Hampshire, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and Rhode Island.

Alarmingly, drug overdoses at the moment are the main reason behind loss of life for Americans below 50 years-old, stated the CDC. Overdose deaths are being pushed by overdoses of artificial opioids, largely fentanyl, fairly than heroin, stated Dr. Robert Anderson, Chief, Mortality Statistics Branch, National Center for Health Statistics of the CDC.

“The main message is the drug rate went up a lot again, and of course we’re worried about it,” stated Dr. Anderson.

The preliminary report on drug deaths covers solely 2015 to 2016 due to the complexity of toxicology studies and different data wanted to substantiate drug overdoses.

Experts stated two teams of Americans are getting addicted: an older group overdosing on ache medication, and a youthful group overdosing on unlawful opioids.

On a brighter be aware, CDC stated the variety of youngsters changing into hooked on ache killers is reducing. Those already addicted (who’re of their 20s and 30s) are extra at risk due to the apply of blending heroin with fentanyl or fentanyl being bought as heroin.

Deaths by fentanyl have elevated considerably in three years, in keeping with knowledge from the federal authorities. China is the principle producer and supply of unlawful fentanyl flooding the U.S.

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