Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Indicate That Drug Overdose in the United States Has Roughly Quadrupled Since 1999
New data out of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that drug overdose in the United States has roughly quadrupled since 1999, with a total of 16,000 people dying from opioid overdose alone, in 2013. In addition, though, more than 8,000 have also died from overdose of the street opioid heroin, which is three times higher than numbers from 2010.
“The prescription drug overdose epidemic is tragic and costly, but can be reversed,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, who is the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a recent press release. Frieden goes on to say, “Because we can protect people from becoming addicted to opioids, we must take fast action now, with real-time tracking programs, safer prescribing practices, and rapid response. Reversing this epidemic will require programs in all 50 states.”