Fentanyl Most Commonly Used Drug Involved in Overdose Deaths

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Fentanyl was involved in almost 29 percent of all overdose deaths in 2016, making it the most commonly used drug involved in overdose fatalities, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The rate of drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl jumped by about 113 percent each year from 2013 through 2016, CNN reports.

The total number of drug overdose deaths increased 54 percent each year between 2011 and 2016. There were 63,632 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2016.

Most overdoses involved more than one drug, the CDC found. Two-fifths of cocaine-related overdose deaths in 2016 also involved fentanyl, and almost one-third of fentanyl-related overdoses also involved heroin. More than one-fifth of meth-related fatal overdoses also involved heroin.

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Deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids (not including methadone), rose a staggering 72 percent in just one year, from 2014 to 2015. Government agencies and officials of all types are rightly concerned by what some are describing as the third wave of our ongoing opioid epidemic.

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    Brenda Anderson

    August 31, 2019 at 7:32 AM

    Thanks for this.

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    Mandy baldwin

    March 14, 2019 at 7:01 AM

    In my opinion the only people that should be prescribed fetynol are palative patience. Let them be comfortable. But maybe it should be controlled like methadone they have to goto the pharmacy every day to get it. For those who aren’t in a home care facility or have nurses taking care of them at home. In that case though it would have to be administered pretty close to the same way and possibly no carries which could be difficult but if they need the prescription they will go. I’m on methadone I havnt missed a day I’ve been going to the pharmacy everyday for two years.Further more to those patients that are prescribed an opioid pain killer. Should only be on it for a short time and or if doc chooses to take them off they have to ween them off or put them on methadone. I had my first dose of fetynol at the hospital and was instantly addicted for 3-4 years I overdosed 6 times 1 of which I flat lined.
    Any ways that’s my thoughts on it. Oh one more thing. We need speakers going to high schools maybe even jr highs. Explain in detail the pain. Hell do an NA meeting with real members at an assembly so they can first hand see what drugs do to you.
    Thanks for reading
    Mandy Baldwin

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