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Drug OD deaths almost tripled since 1999, CDC says

26 February 2017

The number of people dying from heroin overdoses has tripled since 2010, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

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Heroin, however, has been a growing concern in the U.S. The CDC noted in 2015 that heroin use has increased among both men and women across most age ages and income level. Lakin is a physician who introduced the bill in committee. In 2010, heroin overdoses accounted for only 8.0 percent of overdose deaths, but by 2015, heroin accounted for 25 percent of the deaths. Additionally, researchers discovered the rate of fatal drug overdoses has doubled since 1999.

Each year I think it's hard to imagine it getting much worse and yet last year we had the highest number of deaths on record.

Overall, opioids such as heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone were in involved in 73 percent of overdose deaths.

The drug overdose death rate increased by about 10 percent per year from 1999 to 2006, and then continued to increase but at a slower rate, rising 3 percent per year from 2006 to 2013.

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In this issue, Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-director of Brandeis University's Opioid Policy Research Center, states that this shift is only one side of the coin, as since 2010, "overdoses involving heroin has skyrocketed".

Heroin-related deaths in the United States skyrocketed in the span of five years, amounting to a quarter of all overdose deaths by 2015, according to new federal data, presenting another grim snapshot of America's opioid epidemic. In 2015, adults aged 45-54 had the highest rate (30.0).

Beyond opioids, cocaine was responsible for 13 percent of fatal overdoses in 2015, up from 11 percent in 2010. While overdose death rates increased for all age groups, the greatest increase was in adults aged 55-64.

The states with the highest rates of drug overdose death rates were West Virginia, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Ohio. There should also be a focus on screening people for substance use disorders so that people can be guided into treatment, Mooney said. Marijuana has been wrongly linked to the opioid epidemic Sean Spicer, the Trump administration's press secretary said the other day, "There's a big difference between that (medical marijuana) and recreational marijuana".

After the release of the worrying numbers of deaths caused by drug overdoses, political figures around the country have started to apply a substantial number of laws and regulations to stop this problem as soon as possible.

Drug OD deaths almost tripled since 1999, CDC says