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Overdose Deaths on the Rise Across the United States

Brooke Shroyer1 year ago

States across the country have reported increases in drug overdose related deaths particularly from the year 2009 to 2013.

Drug Overdose Reaches 'Epidemic' Levels

According to Reuters, drug overdose deaths now exceed traffic fatailities in 36 states with prescritption drugs listed as the leading cause of fatal overdoses.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have listed prescription drug abuse as an epidemic in the U.S. Every state in the country, except Missouri, now has drug-monitoring programs. Several northeastern states, such as Massachusetts, have increased the availability of naloxone. This is a drug that cancels out the negative effects of overdosing on opioids like Vicodin and heroin.

A 2010 review of 188 communities reported that naloxone significantly helped reverse more than 10,000 drug overdoses.

Drug Overdose Statistics

  • 44,000 people died in 2013 from drug overdoses, which was more than double the statistic from 1999, according to Trust for America’s Health
  • 52% of these reported deaths were prescription drug overdoses
  • 26 states had increasing rates of drug overdose deaths from 2009 to 2013
  • Only 6 states had decreasing rates of drug overdose deaths from 2009 to 2013
  • West Virginia had the highest prevalence of drug overdose deaths out of the entire country, with 33.5 deaths for every 100,000 people
  • North Dakota had the least amount of drug related deaths with a rate of 2.6 deaths per 100,000


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