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Tox In the NEWS -- The Worsening Overdose Death Numbers

December 18 issue of the CDC’s MMWR (by Rudd RA, Aleshire N, Zibbell JE, Gladden RM) reported more terrible news in the battle against the overdose-related deaths. These serious facts should be read by anyone involved in health care.

Some of the most eye-opening: In the United States there were 47,055 drug overdose deaths in 2014. In one year (from 2013-2014) there was a 6.5% increase in the number of deaths/100,000 persons from overdose.

These Deaths affect everyone: they significantly increased for both sexes, persons aged 25–44 years and ≥55 years, both white and black populations, and in the Northeastern, Midwestern, and Southern regions.

Opioid overdose deaths also increased by 14% per/100,000 in 2014—adding >3,000 additional deaths when compared with 2013.

Here’s the link: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm64e1218a1.htm?s_cid=mm64e1218a1_w


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