Record Drug Overdoses in U.S. in 2014 – 28,000 Deaths from Opioids

Penny Starr | October 18, 2016 | 10:53am EDT
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( – “More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any other year on record,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in the spring.

“The United States is in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic,” the CDC reported.

This government analysis also reveals that the number of drug overdoses from opioids – including morphine, codeine and heroin – has quadrupled since 1999. In 2014, 28,000 people died from opioid overdoses.

The analysis explained that the CDC calculated overdose deaths by collecting data on natural, semi-synthetic and synthetic opioids – including methadone.

“Using this method, in 2014 there were almost 19,000 deaths involving prescription opioids, equivalent to about 52 deaths per day,” the CDC analysis stated. “This is an increase from approximately 16,000 in 2013.”

The bottom line, the analysis stated, is: “Regardless of the analysis strategy used, prescription opioids continue to be involved in more overdose deaths than any other drug, and all the numbers are likely to underestimate the true burden given the large proportion of overdose deaths where the type of drug is not listed on the death certificate.

“The findings show that two distinct but interconnected trends are driving America’s opioid overdose epidemic: a 15-year increase in deaths from prescription opioid overdoses, and a recent surge in illicit opioid overdoses driven mainly by heroin and illegally-made fentanyl,” it stated.

“Both of these trends worsened in 2014,” the analysis concluded.

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