Written by Alan, May 14, 2022
May 14, 2022 While Covid-19 could capture headlines in medicine in the United States, the opioid epidemic is not disappearing and is moving from prescription to synthetic compounds. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented as a chart this week by a business research company Statisticianshow that deaths from synthetic opioid overdoses are accelerating in the United States
Provisional data from the CDC show for 2021, the number of deaths from drug overdoses of any kind has reached 103,600, for the first time exceeding the mark of 100,000. And these figures are growing every year from almost 68,000 in 2018 to more than 71,000 in 2019 and about 92,500 in 2020. These figures include both deaths from intentional overdose, such as suicides and homicides, and accidental or unintentional deaths from overdose, deaths from overdose among men far exceed the number of women.
Further disassembly of data from the CDC National Center for Health Statistics, shown in the Statista chart, show a sharp increase in deaths from overdoses from synthetic opioids rather than from prescription drugs or heroin. Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids accounted for nearly 18 deaths per 100,000 people in the U.S. in 2020, a sharp increase since 2015. At the same time, the death rate from prescription opioid overdose remains relatively stable at around 5 per 100,000 population, and the death rate from heroin overdose has fallen slightly to around 4 per 100,000.
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