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CDC Report Says That Fentanyl is the Deadliest Drug in America

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-12-13 14:10:15
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Fentanyl is the deadliest drug in America, CDC confirms [cnn.com]

Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses, according to a new government report. The latest numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics say that the rate of drug overdoses involving the synthetic opioid skyrocketed by about 113% each year from 2013 through 2016.

The number of total drug overdoses jumped 54% each year between 2011 and 2016. In 2016, there were 63,632 drug overdose deaths.

[...] In 2016, over 18,000 overdose deaths involved fentanyl, and 16,000 fatalities were due to heroin.

China recently agreed [cnn.com] to reclassify fentanyl [wikipedia.org] as a controlled substance to curb sales to the U.S. Will that agreement hold given ongoing trade war tensions?

Also at CBS [cbsnews.com].

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120 Pounds (54 kg) of Fentanyl Seized in Nebraska [soylentnews.org]
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U.S. Opioid Deaths May be Plateauing [soylentnews.org]


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