US opioid overdoses rise by 30% in one year

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 12 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1157
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

An increased government focus on the US opioid crisis has not yet slowed the epidemic’s growth, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses rose by 30% from July 2016 to September 2017, this month’s Vital Signs bulletin from the CDC reported.1

The rise was driven by a continued climb in overdoses from street drugs, which now outnumber those from prescription opioids. Fentanyl accounts for a growing share of the black market, having surpassed both heroin and prescription opioids as the …

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