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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 c0lo on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:38AM (2 children)

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:38AM (#674507) Journal

    cue the replies from people who don't understand that all of life is the summation of choices we make for ourselves ; these people would have you believe that someone else is responsible for stupid things people do to themselves

    How am I responsible for the stupidity of your comment and how can I chose to avoid it without leaving S/N?
    'cause certainly your comment killed some of my neurons.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @05:02PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @05:02PM (#674658)

    Can't handle the political ideologies that ignore reality in favor of sound-bites that make people feel better about their "fuck you got mine" mentality? Sheesh, what a little emotional sand flea you are!!/s

    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:00PM

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:00PM (#674789) Journal

      But of course you were going to miss the point in favour of an ad hominem.