The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new data on drug overdose deaths in the last year nationwide and the numbers are not promising. Since January 2015, deaths from opioid overdoses have increased by the thousands and spiked in October with 47,801 reported deaths nationwide.
This year began with a reported 47,232 people dead in the U.S. from opioids. That’s a little over 1,500 people overdosing a day.
The Florida numbers aren’t much different – a reported 5,179 people died from opioids in Florida in January 2017 compared to 5,428 in January of this year. That’s almost 200 people a day.
The CDC warns that its numbers are provisional since the cause of death in most cases is listed as “pending investigation” and requires a toxicology report.
Most numbers are underreported.
People who overdose on more than one drug are listed in both categories for the drugs used.
Synthetic opioid-related deaths (excluding methadone) increased from a reported 5,766 people dead nationwide in January 2015 to 28,526 in January of this year.
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