Hot Topic: Opioid Death Rates Rise

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Drug overdose deaths nearly tripled during 1999–2014. In 2014, among 47,055 drug overdose deaths, 28,647 (61%) involved an opioid. Between 2014 and 2015, death rates increased by 15.6 percent, and 72.2 percent of deaths were from synthetic opioids, mostly fentanyl and heroin. death rates increased by 15.6 percent, and 72.2 percent of deaths were from synthetic opioids, mostly fentanyl and heroin.

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