August 17, 2018

CDC: Drug overdose mortality reaches new high

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

Preliminary data, reported August 15, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that drug overdose mortality in the US hit record high levels last year, increasing to more than 72,000 deaths.

The increase in mortality was driven mainly by fatalities involving fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. Overdose deaths from synthetic opioids rose by more than 9,000 from the year before, reaching nearly 30,000 deaths in 2017.

Fatalities from heroin, prescription opioids, and methadone have dropped.

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