Drug Overdoses Killed 72,000 Americans Last Year: CDC
Drug overdoses rose 10 percent last year, killing an estimated 72,000 Americans, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
One of the outcomes of the current opioid epidemic is an increased rate of intravenous (IV) drug use — meaning directly injecting opioids or other substances into a vein. It’s a practice that layers risk on top of risk, -including transmission of hepatitis C, HIV and other infectious diseases. Yet unfortunately, simply knowing the risks isn’t an effective deterrent, nor a bridge to addiction treatment.