Drug Deaths in America are Rising Faster than EverLast Updated: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
(New York Times, June 5) The number of drug overdose deaths in 2016 was likely the highest in our nation’s history, according to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times.
Using statistics from hundreds of state health departments, county coroners and medical examiners, the paper estimated that drug deaths from 2016 should exceed 59,000; a jump from 52,404 in 2015. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will release the official overdose numbers for 2016 later this year.
The rising opioid addiction crisis is fueling the increase in overdoses. More Americans under the age of 50 now die from drug overdose than from any other cause. Read more.