More Than 30,000 Americans Died From Opioid Overdoses Last Year
deaths associated with prescription and illicit opioids increased to 33,091
last year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC). That number marks an increase of almost 5,000 deaths from the
previous year, The Washington Post reports.
from heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl were largely
responsible for the increase, the article notes.
deaths involving prescription opioids increased only slightly. This suggests
that efforts to reduce the misuse of these drugs may be having an impact,
according to a White House news release.
opioid misuse and use of heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl are
intertwined and deeply troubling problems,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden. “We
need to drastically improve both the treatment of pain and the treatment of
opioid use disorders and increase the use of naloxone to reverse opioid
overdose. We must also work collaboratively with our public safety partners to
further reduce access to illicit opioids.”
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