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"Synthetic Opioids" Now Kill More People Than Prescription Opioids in the U.S.

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-05-01 18:42:20

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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