“Synthetic opioids like fentanyl have overtaken prescription painkillers as the most common drug involved in fatal overdoses in the U.S, researchers from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported.
They reached their conclusions, which were unveiled in a letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, after analyzing death certificates from 2010 to 2016.
Their findings? The percentage of fatal overdoses that involved synthetic opioids jumped from 14 percent in 2010 to 46 percent in 2016. And of the 42,249 opioid-related overdose deaths recorded in 2016, 19,413 involved synthetic opioids.”
The research letter can be accessed at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2679931
Source: NBCNews.com – May 1, 2018