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Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of death among people under the age of 50.1
More than 63,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC’s provisional number for 2017 is more than 72,000, which is a nearly 7% increase from 2016 and a 3.1-fold increase from 2002.2
Per the CDC, the 5 most common drugs involved in overdose deaths are:
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A CDC analysis of 2016 overdose deaths found that overdose death rates are increasing, and they are often higher in states east of the Mississippi River.
If you or someone you know is abusing drugs, consider seeking help. There are several different types of treatment programs that can accommodate different budgets and preferences. Treatment can help you or your loved one avoid the harm of addiction and get back to living the life you love.
. Katz, J. (2017). Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever. The New York Times.
. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Overdose Death Rates.
. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Fentanyl.
. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Prescription opioid use is a risk factor for heroin use.
. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Methamphetamine.
. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999–2016.