CDC: Fentanyl Illegal Production Propelling Opioid-Linked Mortality Rates

CDC: Fentanyl Illegal Production Propelling Opioid-Linked Mortality Rates

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According to the latest report published on Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the leading causes of increasing death rates is the consumption of synthetic opioids and illegally manufactured fentanyl. In the total span of two years—2016 and 2017—the death rate has increased by 45.2% in the US due to the above-mentioned cause.

The report revealed that in the Year 2017, 70,237 deaths occurred due to the drug overdose, of which more than 66% of deaths associated with opioid over-dosage, and around 59% of the total opioid over-dosage deaths noticed were due to synthetic opioids consumption.

The authors of this analysis said that the gradually increasing deaths due to synthetic opioids have been continuing the opioid epidemic to emerge and get worse.

The CDC’s published report also included the mortality analysis from the year 2013 to 2017, which revealed the death rate due to drug overdose incidents rise in 35 states out of 50, and synthetic opioid consumption led to a death rate increase in 15 of 20 states. CDC also stated that fentanyl illegal manufacturing was one of the major reasons behind the increase of opioid-linked death rate.

Recently, another analyzed report is given by the National Center for Health Statistics of CDC, which discovered that in the year 2016, the death figures due to fentanyl reached above heroin overdose across the U.S.

The report revealing the data for the year 2017 mentioned that maximum death cases due to opioid-overdose belonged to Ohio, West Virginia, and New Hampshire.

As per the analysis, the gradual rise in synthetic-opioids consumption death rates were appeared in 23 states, out of which majorly affected states include Arizona, with a significant increase in death rate of 122.2%; North Carolina, with a rise of 112.9%; and Oregon, which had an increased death rate of 90.9%. Other affected states were Colorado, Missouri, Washington, Texas, and Minnesota.