If you thought that the high rates of suicide and car accidents cases in 2015 were the largest cause of death ever in the US then you are wrong. The recently published report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the fatal drug overdoses in the U.S. more than doubled since 1999.
The data examined by the CDC was sourced from the National Vital Statics System and used it to provide insight on the drug trends from 1999-2015, reports ABC News.
There has been a sharp increase in the rate of fatal drug overdoses from 1999, with the statistics being placed at 6.3 deaths per 100,000 in 2015, up from 6.1 deaths per 100,000 people.
This is a much higher figure compared to the 13.4 deaths per 100,000 caused by suicide or 11.1 deaths per 100,000 residents resulting from car accidents.
Overdoses of opioid were four times higher within the same period of time analyzed. In 2015 alone, 33,000 people died as a result of opioid – higher than any other record. The CDC estimates is that 91 Americans are killed on a daily basis as of opioid overdose.
The opioid epidemic snatched the lives of 5000,000 Americans from 2000 to 2015.
No Age Group is safe
The deaths are recorded across all age groups, with each being at an almost equal level of risk. However, the hard-hit persons are those within ages 40 to 60, as exposed by the report.
The report further explains that as much as a lot of concern has been on the young adults abusing drugs, the middle-aged were similarly faced with the danger of drug abuse.
The highest fatal drug overdose cases were recorded in people aged 54 to 65 within the study time. This age group had a nearly 5-times increase from 4.2 deaths per 100,000 to 21.8 deaths in 2015.
Within 2015 alone, Americans aged 45 to 54 years had the highest fatal overdose death rates, reaching a height of 30 deaths per 100,000 people.
According to Dr. Caleb Alexander, a co-director for the Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness, the basic information drawn from the report is that there is a rise in the deaths attributed to opioid.
“Each year I think it’s hard to imagine it getting much worse and yet last year we had the highest number of deaths on record,” Alexander said.
This data also shows that no age group is sage and that any person can be affected by drug overdose.
Many experts have always assumed that it’s only the teenagers and young adults who can be affected by drug overdose – an assumption that is in sharp contradiction of the recently published data.
It’s not just opioids
But the rising numbers of drug overdose deaths is not just as a result of opioid but also other drugs like cocaine and heroin.
Dr. Corey Slovis, chairman of department of emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and medical director of the National Fire Department and National Airport, stated that this was the worst drug-related death rate ever.