“Opioid overdose deaths continue to rise, driven by increases in fatalities from illicit opioids like heroin and street fentanyl, CDC researchers said.
There were 33,091 opioid-related deaths in 2015, up from 28,647 the previous year, Rose Rudd, MSPH, of the CDC, and colleagues reported in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
While deaths related to natural and semisynthetic opioids — morphine, codeine, and many other commonly prescribed pain drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone — were up 2.6% year-over-year, deaths from heroin rose 21% and deaths from synthetic opioids other than methadone — such as fentanyl and tramadol — shot up 72% in that time.
Specifically, synthetic opioid deaths rose to 9,580 from 5,544, and heroin deaths went to 12,989 from 10,574.
The report can be accessed at: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/pdfs/mm655051e1.pdf
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Source: MedPageToday.com – December 16, 2016