Fentanyl Exceeds Heroin As Drug Most Frequently Involved In Lethal Overdoses

Fentanyl exceeds heroin as drug most frequently involved in lethal overdoses. Fentanyl is presently the drug, overdoses of which cause deaths in US as per the National Vital Statistics System report.

The report highlights the altering nature of America’s drug scenario and the catastrophic number of exorbitance deaths that have taken place in the US in recent years.

In 2011, oxycodone was the drug that was responsible for overdose deaths. Commencing in 2012, and persisting up to 2015, heroin transcended painkillers to become the drug most frequently involved. However, fentanyl a synthetic opioid pain reliever 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine penetrated the American drug supply, what the CDC names as the third wave of the opioid disease. By 2016, excessive deaths by fentanyl had become the norm than any other.

The authors of the report discerned drug overdose deaths by observing text on death certificates for the years 2011 to 2016. In instances where death included more than one drug, they enumerated the death in all pertinent drug categories. Alcohol, nicotine, and alternative non-drug material were not part of the investigation.

Researchers discovered that the estimate of drug overdose deaths including fentanyl magnified each year from 2013 to 2016. Deaths occurring due to heroin have also escalated expanding threefold from 2011 to 2016.

These numbers have only persisted to increase to rise in 2017, as per a distinctive CDC data guidance furnished in November.