U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Reach Record High, CDC Says
CDC data released last week shows that drug overdose deaths in the U.S. increased by about 14% from 2013 to 2014, reaching a record number last year. According to CDC, opioid painkiller-related deaths increased by 9% and heroin-related deaths increased by 26% during that time period.
- "CDC: Drug Overdose Deaths Surge to Highest Level Since at Least 1970" (AP/Modern Healthcare, 12/19)
- "Drug Overdoses Hit Record High: CDC" (Reinberg, HealthDay/U.S. News & World Report, 12/18).
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