By: Shannon Persad
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Drug Overdose Deaths Decreased by 4.1% in 2018
Every year, the drug overdose deaths would increase across the country, especially during the opioid epidemic. A new report shows that drug overdose deaths have decreased for the first time in 29 years.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a mortality report which reveals good news. The data is confirmed information for 2018, as the latest report was from 2017. According to the CDC, “in 2018, there were 67,367 drug overdose deaths in the United States, a 4.1% decline from 2017 (70,237 deaths).”
Read on to find on more about the mortality report, and information regarding the decline in drug overdoes for the first time in almost three decades.
Mortality Report Facts From the CDC
The CDC Mortality Report also reveals the following data:
- “The drug overdose death rate was lower in 2018 than in 2017 for 15 jurisdictions: Alaska, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin (Figure 2).
- The drug overdose death rate was higher in 2018 than in 2017 for 5 states: California, Delaware, Missouri, New Jersey, and South Carolina.
- In 2018, the states with the highest age-adjusted drug overdose death rates were West Virginia (51.5 per 100,000 standard population), Delaware (43.8), Maryland (37.2), Pennsylvania (36.1), Ohio (35.9), and New Hampshire (35.8).
- In 2018, the states with the lowest age-adjusted drug overdose death rates were Texas (10.4), North Dakota (10.2), Iowa (9.6), Nebraska (7.4), and South Dakota (6.9).”
Drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids increased by 10%.
Source: CDC Mortality Report
The CDC also reveals:
- “The age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, which include drugs such as fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and tramadol, increased from 0.3 per 100,000 standard population in 1999 to 1.0 in 2013, 1.8 in 2014, 3.1 in 2015, 6.2 in 2016, 9.0 in 2017, and 9.9 in 2018.
- The rate of drug overdose deaths involving heroin increased from 0.7 in 1999 to 1.0 in 2010, then increased to 4.9 in 2016 and 2017. The rate in 2018 (4.7) was lower than in 2017.
- The rate of drug overdose deaths involving natural and semisynthetic opioids, which include drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, increased from 1.0 in 1999 to 3.1 in 2009, then increased to 4.4 in 2016 and 2017. The rate in 2018 (3.8) was lower than in 2017.
- The rate of drug overdose deaths involving methadone increased from 0.3 in 1999 to 1.8 in 2006 and 2007, then decreased to 1.0 in 2016 and 2017. The rate in 2018 (0.9) was lower than in 2017.”
For those in the addiction field, the news reports showing there has been a decrease in drug overdose deaths by 4.1% is encouraging.
If you or someone you know is suffering from drug addiction, seek professional help now. Contact ATSI at 1(855)-498-2121 for a confidential consultation.