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Opioide overdose deaths rose by 22% last year, with a total of 541,000 deaths.
Overdose deaths are the leading cause of death for the U.S. population, and the number of people dying each day is set to surpass the 10 million mark in 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While overdose deaths have remained relatively steady in recent years, the rise of opioid prescriptions has been particularly dramatic.
This month, the Centers For Disease Control released its annual report on prescription drug abuse, noting that overdose deaths were up 21% from 2015 and the rate of overdose deaths in the U, which includes the Us. territories, had more than doubled in the past decade.
The increase in deaths from opioid overdoses has been driven by an increase in the number and types of opioids prescribed.
This rise in the use of prescription opioids has contributed to the rise in overdose deaths, which now make up more than 40% of all overdose deaths.
The CDC also noted that the rate at which people are using opiates is increasing, with the number increasing by roughly 20% a year in the last five years.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that the percentage of people taking opioids doubled between 2008 and 2015, with more than 2 million prescriptions written by people who had not used opioids for at least five years before being prescribed the drug.
That increase was due to the availability of prescription opioid painkillers, which are more expensive than prescription heroin and morphine.
According to a 2016 study by the UCL Institute of Health Research, between 2010 and 2014, the number one reason people sought emergency medical services was to get help for a pain condition, and they were more likely to be prescribed painkillers than heroin.
According the National Institute on Drug Abuse, opioid abuse has led to an increase of overdose mortality rates in the United States of more than 25% over the past five years, from 1.4 million in 2010 to 2.9 million in 2016.
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