U.S. Drug-Related Death Rate Highest Among Group of Developed Nations


The United States has the highest rate of drug-related deaths among a group of 13 developed nations, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Researchers from the U.S. National Cancer Institute analyzed data from the World Health Organization. They found drug overdoses accounted for 35 deaths in every 100,000 men and 20 deaths in every 100,000 women in 2015 in the United States, HealthDay reports.

These deaths included accidental drug-related deaths and drug-related suicides among adults ages 20 to 64. The study compared U.S. drug-related death rates to those in Australia, Chile, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Wales.

Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than doubled during the 21st century, reaching an estimated 63,632 deaths in 2016, the researchers noted.

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    November 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Hi Tim,
    Here are some stats that relate to both the occurrence of alcohol and opioid use disorders.

    “The occurrence of one disorder often leads to abuse of other substances. For example, an electronic health record study of 5307 adult patients with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) found that 23.4% of individuals also had Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). For patients with chronic pain and comorbid OUD, the risk for AUD is 33.4%.”

    So it would appear to be a problem for 1 out of every 3 or 4 people, but this is just one study.


    Source: https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.13772

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    Tim M

    November 22, 2018 at 2:33 AM

    I’m a 54 year old male and have had multiple shoulder and knee surgeries between 1991-2018 including a recent shoulder replacement patient and never had an issue with opioids/pain killers. Though I’m an alcoholic It seems I would’ve have been a high risk to addiction to them. Or am I a rarity? Just curious.

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