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CDC Reports Increase in Drug Overdose Deaths

April 2, 2018

Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. increased by more than 20% from 2015 to 2016, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

U.S. overdose deaths increased from 16.3 per 100,000 people in 2015 to 19.8 per 100,000 people in 2016. The report notes that opioids accounted for 66% of overdose deaths in 2016. The overdose death rate from synthetic opioids such as fentanyl doubled between 2015 and 2016 (from 3.1 to 6.2 per 100,000), while overdose deaths from prescription opioids increased by 11%, and deaths from heroin overdose increased by 20%.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Overdose Deaths Involving Opioids, Cocaine, and Psychostimulants — United States, 2015–2016. Weekly / March 30, 2018 / 67(12);349–358. Available at: click here. Accessed April 1, 2018.