72,000 died from drug overdoses in 2017, 42,000 from opioids — CDC

19 August, 2018, 05:50 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • 72,000 died from drug overdoses in 2017, 42,000 from opioids — CDC

Preliminary 2018 numbers from MA suggest that the death rate there may be continuing to fall. Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont all saw declines.

"Because it's a drug epidemic as opposed to an infectious disease epidemic like Zika, the response is slower", said Dan Ciccarone, a professor of family and community medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, who studies heroin markets.

In 2017, New Hanover Regional Medical Center EMS responded to 529 opioid overdoses, according to data provided by a spokesperson.

"We're eager to raise awareness at the highest levels of the federal government for a better sense of what happened and the challenges that urban centers face in terms of combatting a consistent vexing presence of people with substance abuse disorder", Harp said. From 2002 to 2017, the CDC estimates a 4.1-fold increase in the total number of deaths due to all types of opioid drugs.

Fatal drug overdoses killed more Americans than HIV, auto crashes or guns in 2017, claiming 72,000 lives, according to a preliminary estimation from the CDC.

The opioid epidemic began in the late 1990s.

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The CDC estimates deaths attributed to synthetic opioid use rose sharply in 2017, while deaths attributed to heroin, methadone and prescription opioids fell.

In New Haven, police arrested two suspects they believe were selling and handing out the drugs.

States with the highest increases in drug deaths include Nebraska (33 percent), North Carolina (23 percent), New Jersey (21 percent), in (15 percent), Arkansas (11 percent), ME (11 percent), West Virginia (11 percent), SC (10 percent) and Tennessee (10 percent). The CDC adjusts early numbers based on the number of deaths still under investigation by assuming a predictable proportion of them will turn out to be drug overdoses based on past experience. Continuing funding may help more states develop the kind of public health programs that appear to have helped in New England. The CDC says there were 2,515 confirmed deaths from drug overdose from January 2017 to January 2018, almost 200 more than the previous year.

Barbara Marsh, the assistant to the Dayton and Montgomery County health commissioner, says she hopes the trend will hold, and provide some lessons for other parts of the state.

There is only one FDA-approved opioid for use in pets. Nebraska had the fewest with just 8.2 deaths per 100,000, a rate less than one-seventh the rate in West Virginia.

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