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posted by martyb on Wednesday May 02 2018, @01:16AM   Printer-friendly
from the don't-use-no-fake-opiods? dept.

Synthetics now killing more people than prescription opioids, report says

Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl have overtaken prescription opioids as the No. 1 killer in the opioid epidemic, according to a new report.

The report, published Tuesday in the journal JAMA [DOI: 10.1001/jama.2018.2844] [DX], calculated the number and percentage of synthetic opioid-related overdose deaths in the United States between 2010 and 2016 using death certificates from the National Vital Statistics System. The researchers found that about 46% of the 42,249 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2016 involved synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, while 40% involved prescription drugs.

That's more than a three-fold increase in the presence of synthetic opioids from 2010, when synthetic drugs were involved in approximately 14% of opioid-overdose deaths.

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  • (Score: 2) by captain normal on Wednesday May 02 2018, @05:25AM (1 child)

    by captain normal (2205) on Wednesday May 02 2018, @05:25AM (#674463)

    People actually abused aspirin? Oh my God! I've been taking that shit since I was a wee tyke. Always patted myself on the back because I wasn't into hard drugs. Sure maybe I did some MaryJane in college and had a bit of beer and sometime binged on whisky and/or tequila and vodka...now into Zinfandel (now that's some heavy stuff), but I've always fallen back to aspirin---the sure hangover cure and soreness cure from too much hard labor, surfing, handball, city league basketball or hard core competitive sailing. I don't do it all the time but only when I think I need it....My god...I must be an aspirin addict!

    On the other hand you do make a couple of good points. Especially the 4th paragraph. Good questions.

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Wednesday May 02 2018, @05:52AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 02 2018, @05:52AM (#674468) Journal
    I have it on good authority that people even abused alcohol. The guy is credentialed and shit.