C.D.C. Reports a Record Jump in Drug Overdose Deaths Last Year - (The New York Times via NewsPoints Desk)

  • According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths in the US by drug overdose surged last year by more than 17 percent over 2015, The New York Times reported.

  • Preliminary data show that from the fourth quarter of 2015 to the same period of 2016, the rate of fatal overdoses rose to nearly 20 people per 100 000 from 16.3 per 100 000.

  • The CDC previously estimated that around 64 000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016, with the highest rates reported in New Hampshire, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and Rhode Island.

  • Robert Anderson, chief of the CDC mortality statistics branch, said the deaths have been driven by overdoses of synthetic opioids, mostly fentanyl, rather than heroin.

  • However, Anderson noted that these are preliminary results. 

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