144 a Day: Understanding the Numbers

December 23, 2016 | Addiction Policy Forum

According to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there were 52,404 total deaths in 2015, or 144 drug overdose deaths per day. This number is up 11.4 percent in just one year -- from 129 a day in 2014.

graph - 144 a Day, understanding the numbers

#144aDay by the numbers:

  • Opioids were involved in 33,091, or 63% of 2015 drug overdose deaths (up from 61% in 2014)--91 out of 144 daily drug overdose deaths are the result of opioids.  

  • The opioid-involved death rate increased by 15.6% from 2014, driven largely by increases in deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (72.2%), heroin (20.6%) and most likely illicitly-manufactured fentanyl.

  • During 2014–2015, rates of natural/semisynthetic opioid deaths increased among males overall, both sexes aged 25–44 years, and non-Hispanic whites.

  • The largest rate change in deaths from synthetic opioids other than methadone occurred in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island and West Virginia while Connecticut, Massachusetts, Ohio, and West Virginia experienced the largest rate changes in heroin deaths. In 2015, 19 states showed significant increases in drug overdose death rates from 2014.

Read the CDC's report

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Source:  Rudd RA, Seth P, David F, Scholl L. Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 16 December 2016. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm655051e1.

'Fatality Analysis Reporting System', fars.NHTSA.dot.gov

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