Overdoses now leading cause of death of Americans under 50

Overdoses now leading cause of death of Americans under 50

Overdoses now leading cause of death of Americans under 50

The officers needed strong and sometime multiple injections of anti-overdose drugs like Narcan to prevent death.

According to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times, deaths last year likely topped 59,000 which is 19 percent more than the year before.

Experts warn a key factor of the surge in deaths is fentanyl, which can be 50 times more powerful than heroin.

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The dramatic proliferation of the synthetic opioid, often trafficked and packaged as heroin, is up to 50 times more lethal than heroin and the potential threat to law enforcement and other first responders is "stunning, " said acting U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg.

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The New York Times has a piece up on drug deaths in America, and it's heartbreaking. The state stat is driven largely by Cook County, where 1,091 overdose deaths were reported in 2016.

Just how bad is the opioid crisis in the US? In Ohio, overdose deaths increased by more than 25 percent, the article says. Congress should also repeal a federal law that caps the number of opioid patients a physician can treat with buprenorphine at any one time. Following new figures from the Arizona Department of Health Services, which revealed the opioid overdose rate jumped 74 percent over four years to an average of more than two deaths per day, the state's governor declared a health emergency this week. Over the next six months, Akron experienced 140 overdose deaths of people testing positive for carfentanil. "We need to focus our overdose prevention efforts in younger people now", he said. The estimate, which represents a 19% increase over the 52,404 drug overdose deaths recorded in 2015, offers a preliminary look at the extent of the drug overdose epidemic a year ago, now made even more deadly by an inflow of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and similar drugs.

Frieden believes the war on drugs can be fought by increasing the availability of naloxone, making drug abuse treatment centers more readily available and urging doctors to be more conservative when treating pain.

US drug overdose deaths surged 19 percent to at least 59,000 past year as deadly manufactured drugs like fentanyl intensified a national opioid addiction crisis, New York Times data showed Tuesday.

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