More Than 70,000 Americans Died Of Drug Overdoses In 2017. That’s A New Record

ㅤ"The CDC’s 2017 data shows that 70,237 Americans died of drug overdoses. That represents a nearly 10 percent increase from 2016, when 63,632 Americans died of drug overdoses. West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania were the states hardest hit in 2017.
ㅤAnalysts warned that a growing amount of drugs are laced with dangerous substances like the synthetic opioid fentanyl when the CDC released preliminary 2017 overdose statistics in August.
ㅤProvisional numbers suggest that 2018 will see a similar number of drug overdose deaths as in 2017, according to the CDC.
ㅤDeaths involving fentanyl, its analogs and the opioid tramadol jumped 45 percent from 2016 to 2017 alone, according to CDC data. 2017 saw more than 28,000 deaths involving fentanyl or similar synthetic opioids.
ㅤFentanyl is most common in the eastern and midwestern U.S., where the opioid epidemic is most concentrated. Illicit fentanyl is often made in Mexico or China and cut into supplies of heroin or cocaine as it is stronger and cheaper than both of those substances."

Full story at The Daily Caller News Foundation. Posted here on 11/29/18. See "drug overdoses, mexico, fentanyl."

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