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Drug Overdose Deaths Hit Record High

February 4, 2019

The CDC has reported that more than 70,000 people died in 2017 of drug overdoses in the United States. Not only did that devastating number break records as the highest number for any single year in United States history, it also contributed to a decrease in the life expectancy. Today, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for adults under the age of 55.


The CDC also found that Heroin has been replaced by Fentanyl as the most deadly drug. Deaths involving Fentanyl increased more than 45% in 2017. The New York Times reported that Fentanyl is more dangerous than Prescription Pills or Heroin because of its stronger potency.


The CDC report also showed other keys findings in their data.

1. The Drug overdose death rate in 2017 was 9.6% higher than 2016.

2. Heroin overdose death rates were 5 per 100,000 people in 2016 and 2017.


3. Overdose rates were significantly higher in males.

4. The highest overdose death rates recorded in 2017 were in West Virginia, Ohio,         Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.

5. The lowest drug overdose death rates in 2017 were in Texas, North Dakota, South     Dakota, and Nebraska.


Preliminary reports from the CDC for 2018 show that the annual rate of overdose fatalities for 2018 continues to outpace 2017.


Sources: CDC & Quest Diagnostics


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