Drug Overdose Deaths Nearly Tripled Since 1999, CDC Reports

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WASHINGTON (CBS News) Drug overdose deaths have nearly tripled in the United States since 1999, with whites and middle-aged Americans bearing much of the brunt, a new government report shows.

More than 16 out of every 100,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2015, compared to just over 6 in 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

Heroin and other opioids accounted for about half of these deaths, a reflection of the damage wrought by the prescription painkiller epidemic this decade, said Dr. Edwin Salsitz, an addiction medicine specialist.

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  • antifasciste

    Alcohol poisoning also accounts for .8 deaths/100,000 (I.e. ~2300 per year)

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Stay away 100% from drinking, smoking, and doing drugs. Repent your sin and believe in Jesus for salvation. Trust in Him for the blessed life. (Acts chapter 4)

    • Croquet Player

      Then give up alcohol.

      • antifasciste

        0 deaths attributed to THC overdose/poisoning.

        • Croquet Player

          So the red-eyed losers go on living, but unable to cope with life, using their stinking weed as a crutch. So pathetic. The silly things are not even adults.

          • antifasciste

            Adult here with a PhD and tenure, use cannabis at least a couple times a week. You certainly seem to be an angry hateful little troll.

          • Croquet Player

            Nope, I’m a drug-free ADULT.
            Don’t need drugs to face the world. Feel sorry for those who do. They are emotionally crippled things, personalities resembling 7th graders afraid of growing up.

          • antifasciste

            Drug-free huh? Hope you never get sick.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    So sad. White people must immediately stop bashing their own Christian ancestors and stop being educated to do such things. Disrespect of parents brings a short life to anyone. (Exodus chapter 20) No other race or tribes bash their own ancestors like the secular Western whites do. White people of yesteryears deserve love and respect even if some of them were slave owners because they brought the life-saving Holy Bible and Christianity into the entire planet and invented every useful thing along with the most superb religious classic music such as “Handel’s Messiah.” The world had no real music, not really, until the Christian Westerners introduced it. Also, all of them are better than all who are alive today because they did not single out and massacre the unborn babies or watch the massacre in silence as moderners are doing.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    May our God save the American people by bringing them into repentance and the faith in Jesus. So tragic when the physical descendants do not follow their parents’ godly ways but even mock the right Way. The USA must stop blaspheming and mocking the Christianity; it’s futile. Human lIfe does not operate against the Truth.

    “In Him(Jesus) was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. …That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.” (John chapter 1)