Drug-related overdose deaths increasing nationally

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Reuters (2/24, Beasley) reports heroin overdoses in the US “more than quadrupled from 2010 to 2015” according to the National Center for Health Statistics. In 2015, there were 12,989 heroin overdoses compared to 3,036 in 2010. A study by the CDC found that the increase in deaths can be attributed to the declining price of the drug and the increase in purity.

ABC News (2/24, Mohney) reports overdoses outpaced suicide and car accidents as a cause of death in 2015. The largest increase in the number of fatal drug overdoses were in individuals aged 54 to 65, while individuals aged 45 to 54 had the highest rate of fatal overdoses.

CNN (2/24, Kounang) reports heroin overdoses make up just under a quarter of all drug-related overdoses in the US.