A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that fatalities related to the synthetic opioid fentanyl shot up by more than 1000 percent from 2011 to 2016. According to the report, the number of deaths due to fentanyl overdose recorded in 2011 and 2012 were around 1,600 each year. However, in 2013, this number shot up to include more than 1,900 cases of death.
According to the statistics revealed in the report, starting 2014, fentanyl-related fatalities began doubling each year. For instance, in 2014, the total number of deaths due to fentanyl were around 4,223, while in 2015, this number increased to 8,251. In 2016, the number of fentanyl-related fatalities further rose to around 18,335. The report also analyzed which individuals were mostly affected by the fentanyl epidemic.
Young adults and males most affected
The study revealed that while men and women had similar fentanyl-related fatality rates, a change was noticed from 2011 through 2013. By 2016, this rate skyrocketed with the number of male fatalities being thrice as compared to women.
While this increase in death rates was noticed in all age groups, the largest increase was noticed in younger adults in the age group of 15 to 34. According to statistics, the rate of fentanyl overdose deaths in the age group of 15 to 24 years increased by around 94 percent every year, between 2011 and 2016. The same increased by 100 percent every year, in cases of individuals in the age group of 25 to 34 years.
Report suggested Native Americans recorded the highest rate of fentanyl-related deaths
During their analysis, the researchers observed that Native Americans recorded the highest rate of fentanyl-related deaths. Also, the death rates among Hispanics and African Americans were rampantly rising. For instance, between 2011 and 2016, fentanyl-related fatalities among African Americans increased at a rate of 140.6 percent annually and among Hispanics, it rose by 118.3 percent annually.
According to a report published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released in December 2018, fentanyl was the most frequently occurring drug in overdose deaths in the U.S. between 2011 and 2016. The report stated that fentanyl was behind 29 percent drug overdose deaths in 2016, thereby making it the most lethal drug in the U.S. However, this analysis did not take into consideration just fentanyl-related fatalities, rather all the synthetic opioids.
Statistics revealed that more than 70,000 Americans lost their lives in 2017 due to drug overdoses and 68 percent of these death were opioid-related. Opioids are a category of drugs that includes heroin, fentanyl, and commonly prescribed painkillers like morphine and oxycodone.
Recovering from opioid addiction
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2017, more than 130 individuals lost their lives every day due to opioid overdose. The opioids involved in these deaths included heroin, prescription painkillers, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Of late, this has taken the shape of a serious national crisis affecting public health and social and economic welfare. In order to deal with this crisis, timely medical intervention is needed. The 24/7 Recovery Helpline, a 24-hour drug helpline offers assistance from various addiction treatment programs to help people deal with addiction and embrace long-lasting recovery.
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