2014 Was The Worst Year In Drug Overdose Fatalities According To CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is the leading national public health institute of the United States, conducted a report, in which they found out that 2014 was the worst year in drug overdose deaths in the US. According to them, ”things are apparently spiraling out of control” and currently, there’s a ”drug death epidemic” in the United States.

The report states that in 2014 almost 50,000 Americans died from drug-related overdoses. This number is not only more people than the people that died in road traffic accidents (experts project the number of traffic deaths to around 33,000 people in 2014), however, it is also more than twice the number of recorded ODs in the year of 2000.

In order to prevent this ”disease” from spreading, the CDC conducted a few points that they need the US Government to change:

  • ”Limit initiation into opioid misuse and addiction. Opioid pain reliever prescribing has quadrupled since 1999. Providing health care professionals with additional tools and information—including safer guidelines for prescribing these drugs—can help them make more informed prescribing decisions.”
  • ”Expand access to evidence-based substance use disorder treatment—including Medication-Assisted Treatment—for people who suffer from opioid use disorder.”
  • ”Protect people with opioid use disorder

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