“The opioid crisis gripping the U.S. today has captured everyone’s attention — from the president and Congress, all the way down to mothers in rural communities who have lost children to overdoses and addiction.
Today there are new and powerful synthetic drugs like Fentanyl, and opioid abuse is cropping up in communities that weren’t hard hit in previous drug crises. That can make the opioid crisis seem like a completely new phenomenon — divorced from previous drug epidemics. But a new study published this week in the journal Science suggests the opioid crisis is actually part of a broader, deeper and decades-old drug abuse trend that kills more and more Americans yearly.
Despite shifting geographic epicenters and ever-changing drugs of choice, researchers said one thing connects fatal overdoses over the last 40 years: The death rate has grown exponentially and relatively smoothly, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh.
Even more alarming? Drug use in the U.S. could get exponentially more deadly if it keeps tracking that path — and as a result of drugs we may not even be aware of today, said lead author Dr. Donald Burke, according to NBC News.”
Source: MiamiHerald.com – September 20, 2018
See related article on overdose deaths: Workers Overdose on the Job, and Employers Struggle to Respond available from the New York Times at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/21/business/economy/opioid-overdose-workplace.html
See related research article: Changing dynamics of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States from 1979 through 2016 available at: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6408/eaau1184
See related article on opioid deaths: Opioid deaths 1999 to 2015 may be dramatically underestimated available at: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-09-opioid-deaths-underestimated.html