United States tops for drug overdose

United States tops for drug overdose

Heroin and prescription pain relievers took many of those 2,744 lives in Ohio.

"Rates of opioid overdose deaths also increased significantly, from 7.9 per 100,000 in 2013 to 9.0 per 100,000 in 2014, a 14% increase". Snyder, under the state's newly formed Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force, released more than two dozen recommendations to tackle state's drug abuse 'crisis'.

According to the CDC, widespread availability of illegally produced synthetic opioids and inadequate treatment programs are to blame for the "worsening" epidemic. In West Virginia, the overdose rate was 35.5 per 100,000; the national rate was about 15 per 100,000. Past misuse of prescription opioids is the strongest risk factor for heroin initiation and use-especially among people who became dependent upon or abused prescription opioids in the past year.

Sixty percent of the overdoses were from opioids.

CDC press release announces that from 2000 to 2014 about half a million people died in the US from drug overdose.

In addition, deaths from illegally made fentanyl - a potent narcotic added to or sold as heroin - are also increasing, the CDC reports.

Despite saying the proposed guideline is "based on the most recent scientific evidence, informed by expert opinion, with stakeholder and constituent input considered", stakeholders criticized the CDC for initially planning to keep the draft under wraps. One group threatened to sue.

To combat the overwhelming problem, Butler County Commissioners plan to announce Monday they are forming a new opiate task force to address addiction.

More persons died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2014 than during any previous year on record.

According to the CDC, heroin-related deaths are on the rise.

Jane Ballantyne, MD, of the University of Washington, agreed that the increase in illicit fentanyl is a contributor, as is the price drop in other illicit opioids such as black-tar heroin from Mexico.

The largest increase in opioid overdose deaths involved synthetic opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone (methadone was excluded), Rudd and colleagues said.

The CDC also recommends wider use of Naloxone or Narcan, a drug that can save someone who is experiencing and opioid overdose.

Although the rate of heroin deaths is rising sharply, it's still significantly outnumbered by the number of deaths caused by prescription painkillers.

The CDC has focused its efforts on reducing overdose deaths by attempting to limit overdoses from legally obtained drugs, like painkillers.

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