Opioids are actually more lethal than breast cancers, in accordance with a sobering new report on the National Center for Health Statistics, a branch within the CDC.
Over 63,000 people lost their lives due to drug overdoses throughout the year 2016—breaking previous records and sounding the alarms of public health to a fever pitch.
“Almost all of those deaths involved opioids, a family of painkillers including illicit heroin and fentanyl along with legally prescribed medications like oxycodone and hydrocodone.
“In 2016 alone, 42,249 US drug fatalities — 66% with the total — involved opioids, the report says. That’s for a thousand a lot more than the?41,070?Americans who die from cancers of the breast each year.”
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A big culprit amid the damning statistics is the increased utilization of illegal synthetic opioids, including tramadol and fentanyl among others, the use of which has caused the fatality rate to drastically increase by typically 88% since 2013.
From 2015 to 2016 alone, the incidence of deadly overdoses?doubled?from 9,580 to 19,413.
In all, the tragic new trends have triggered a?reduction in US life expectancy—so that it is the other year in a row shed.
Some states have already been hit harder than others from the epidemic.
Those most severely impacted include Ohio, West Virginia, and New Hampshire.
Heroin overdoses consider over our little ones whilst others within the MIDWEST. Come together from a southern border. We start to use strong border & WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016
(the opioid crisis has stayed the key talking point for President Trump since his 2016 campaign)
However, the catch is nationwide and a total of 22 states as well as the District of Colombia have overdose rates much higher in comparison to the overall national average.
In West Virginia, 19.8 overdose deaths occur per 100,000 people—various 2.5 times on top of the national average.
In relations to ages, individuals between 25 and 54 are now being hit the toughest.
“Based upon what we’re seeing, it doesn’t look like it’s getting much better,” said Bob Anderson within the National Center for Health Statistics, emphasizing which the statistics for 2017 have not yet been fully gathered and synthesized.
“That the knowledge is incomplete so they represent an increase is concerning,” added Bob.
However, in line with Dr. Andrew Kolodny, an addiction specialist, there’s some good news amid the negative.
“Although deaths \’re going up among those people who are addicted heroin users, who use black-market opioids … it’s entirely possible that we\’re preventing less people from becoming addicted through better prescribing,” said Dr. Kolodny.
Some reports say that, regardless of the high rate of prescription opioids being doled out, there was a comprehensive decrease from “81 prescriptions for any 100 people 2010 to around 70 per 100.”
President Trump is on record denouncing the opioid crisis and in some cases declared it a “national public health emergency.”
Effective today, my administration officially declared the #OpioidCrisis a NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY under federal law. pic.twitter.com/YosOBurdCw
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2017