Key findings of a new report issued by the CDC on drug poisoning deaths include:
- In 2008, poisoning became the leading cause of injury death in the U.S. and nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs.
- During the past three decades, the number of drug poisoning deaths increased sixfold from about 6,100 in 1980 to 36,500 in 2008.
- During the most recent decade, the number of drug poisoning deaths involving opioid analgesics more than tripled from about 4,000 in 1999 to 14,800 in 2008.
- Opioid analgesics were involved in more than 40% of all drug poisoning deaths in 2008, up from about 25% in 1999.
The 8-page report can be accessed at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db81.htm
Source: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Data Brief Number 81 – December 2011