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2017 Drug Overdoses Top Vietnam War Deaths

August 20, 2019

In 2017, 70,237 people lost their lives due to a drug overdose in the United States. That is almost double the motor vehicle fatalities (40,231). Additionally, many deaths from heart disease, stroke or kidney disease may have been indirectly caused by chronic drug abuse. Strong evidence from numerous studies show the resurgence of Cocaine use in the past 10 years and the current prescription opioid epidemic has led to deaths not being captured in cause-of-death statistics. The combining of prescription opioids and alcohol is very dangerous and potentially lethal. 68% of overdoses involved opioids in 2017.


Some employers assume that addicts cannot hold down a job and dismiss the opioid crisis as an irrelevant problem. However, many people use opioids on the job to maintain their productivity. 272 people died on the job from a drug overdose in 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This number has increase by 25% each year for the past 5 years.


SOURCE(S): Quest Diagnostics, CDC, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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