Opioid Deaths Decline, While Fentanyl Deaths Increase


Opioid-related deaths decreased 5%, while fentanyl deaths rose 11% from the second half of 2017 to the first half of 2018, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Benzodiazepines, cocaine or methamphetamine were present in 63% of opioid deaths, according to the CDC.

From 2013 to 2017, the number of opioid deaths in the United States increased 90%, from 25,052 to 47,600. This increase was primarily driven by a substantial rise in deaths involving fentanyl mixed with heroin, sold as heroin, or pressed into counterfeit prescription pills, the CDC said. The report noted that people who use powdered heroin are often unaware of whether fentanyl is mixed in.

“Over the past few years, fentanyl has been the primary driver of opioid overdose deaths, and the latest CDC data confirms this trend has continued,” Emily Feinstein, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Center on Addiction, told HealthDay.

How Can I Protect My Child from Fentanyl? 5 Things Parents Need to Know

Deaths from fentanyl rose a staggering 72% in just one year. If your son or daughter has an opioid addiction, take steps to keep him or her safe.

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