|MMWR Early Release|
Vol. 64, Early Release
December 18, 2015
|In this report|
|Increases in Drug and Opioid Overdose Deaths — United States, 2000–2014|
Rose A. Rudd, MSPH; Noah Aleshire, JD; Jon E. Zibbell, PhD; et al.
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2015;64(Early Release):1-5
Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%,
including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids
(opioid pain relievers and heroin). CDC analyzed recent multiple cause-of-death
mortality data to examine current trends and characteristics of drug-overdose
deaths, including types of opioids associated with drug-overdose deaths.
This report summarizes that analysis.