Drug Overdose Fatalities Have Doubled Since 1999

Drug Overdose Fatalities Have Doubled Since 1999

U.S. deaths due to drug overdoses have risen exponentially over the course of 18 years, passing up car crashes and suicide as the lead causes of death in 2015, according to abcnews.go.com.

Opioids are painkillers such as Morphine, Methadone, Buprenorphine, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Heroin. Most opioids are prescription drugs, but types like Heroin are completely illegal, according to naabt.org.

Most people that get addicted to these painkillers are war veterans and people recovering from near-fatal accidents, such as car crashes. Soldiers can get wounded and pumped full of morphine in a field hospital, and when they go home, they find themselves addicted, same with people that get injured or have surgery, according to abcnews.go.com.

Fatal opioid overdoses have risen to 4 times more than in 1999, killing nearly 5 million people in that 18 year period, according to asam.org.

The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) are looking for a way to lower a number of fatal drug overdoses, changing protocols such as doubling the amount of Naloxone that EMS personnel carry in the field, which can revive someone from a recent overdose of opioids, as reported by Google News.

The synthetic opioids were once thought as being less deadly, but recent studies have shown they are equally deadly if not worse than natural opioids, the closest thing to compare synthetic opioids, like Heroin, too is an elephant tranquilizer, according to abcnews.go.com.