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.