Overdose Deaths Up By 72 Percent In Past 5 Years

Posted: Dec 19 2016, 6:59am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Overdose Deaths Up by 72 Percent in Past 5 Years
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  • Mortality Rates due to Synthetic Opioids have gone up by a Whopping Percentage
 

Mortality rates among patients due to over dosages of synthetic opioids have gone up by a whopping percentage.

A CDC report states that synthetic opioids including fentanyl caused death rates to soar by 72%. This took place between 2014 and 2015. Calls have been coming in emergency centers regarding opioid overdoses.

Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin. It has gained notoriety as the drug that killed pop superstar Prince. Also the tranquilizer carfentanil is 10,000 more potent than mophine. It claims a record amount of lives especially in big cities. 

Over 33,091 people died from opioid overdoses in 2015. Both prescription and illegal types of the painkillers were responsible for these deaths. The effects of these drugs is euphoric to say the least.

They form 63% of the 52,000 deaths from drug overdoses. This was in 2015. In 2014, 61% of fatal overdoses were solely due to opioids. All sorts of people ultimately face issues for which opioids are prescribed.

Males and females of all ethnicities are up against this too. Over 30 states of the USA along with Washington D.C. are bearing the burden of this rise in mortalities.   

Heroin deaths increased by 20.6%, according to CNN. Eleven states had heroin deaths and these included South and North Carolina as well as Tennessee. These three states faced the greatest rates of mortality.

Meanwhile, New York was particularly hit hard by this rise in mortality rates. Morphine and codeine figured among the culprits behind the deaths too. Then there were deaths due to methadone.

Oxycodone and hydrocodone deaths were also prominent. The fatal overdoses were not always consciously taken. They were often accidental in their nature. Self-medication does have its dark side. So it is best to follow the doctor’s orders instead of engaging in any form of self-medication. 

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