CDC: Fatal heroin overdoses triple

Posted February 26, 2017

However, the number of overdose deaths among Non-Hispanic white persons rose an astounding 240 percent between 1999 and 2015.

The overdose rates in several age groups from 25 to 64-years-olds were more than twice that for younger adults in the 15 to 24 year old range. Synthetic opioids also took a heavy toll accounting for 18 percent of fatal overdose deaths in 2015 up from 8 percent in 2010. In 2015, white overdose death rates also almost tripled those of Hispanics and almost double African-Americans.

"Starting in 2011, overdoses involving heroin has really skyrocketed".

In 2010, there were 3,036 overdose fatalities related to heroin in the U.S. In 2015, that number increased more than fourfold to 12,989 heroin-related overdose deaths, according to aReuters report citing data from the NCHS.

Rich Hamburg, executive vice president of Trust for America's Health, connected the high rates of heroin use and subsequent overdoses to the drug's low cost compared with prescription opioids.

Overdose deaths in the United States almost tripled from 1990 to 2015, according to new figures released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The new report from CDC suggests that the increased use of drugs is closely related to the price cut of heroin and also the increase in its purity. "This increase for whites was largely accounted for by increasing death rates from drug and alcohol poisonings, suicide, and chronic liver diseases and cirrhosis", a 2015 study by researchers at Princeton University concluded.

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This increase occurred despite growing awareness of the opioid epidemic and a rise in funding for opioid addiction treatment, said Mooney, who was not involved in the research.

How to solve this problem?

The Drug Enforcement Administration has listed a number of fentanyl variations or analogues as schedule I, drugs that have "no now accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse".

Dr. Larissa Mooney, director of the University of California Los Angeles Addiction Medicine Clinic, also talked about how the study shows the urgency of taking actions regarding opioids. It granted $1 billion to the diminishment of opioid-related deaths.

Fentanyl is a tricky drug, though: It's available legally (with a prescription) and illegally (on the black market).

Last year, the CDC published a body of guidelines to physicians across the country to stop opioid prescriptions, as the numbers presented by the study are worrying the entire country.