The numbers in 2015 are startling as it has come to notice that 52,404 people died from overdoses of drug according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This also reports that sixty-three percent of these deaths involved an opioid.
More people die due to drug overdoses than from car accidents or guns. In 1995, at the AIDS epidemic peak, 43,115 people in the US died from the disease.
From 1999, the overdoses numbers are due to prescription opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. This also includes illicit drugs such as heroin that have quadrupled. In fact, heroin now accounts as 1:4 overdose deaths in the United States.
A new study revealed that the heroin use patterns have shown a change since2001. The people using heroin have increased in five folds and people abusing heroin have tripled in numbers. The greatest increase is among white males. Heroin use has increased among those having high school education or less, and among people living in less than the federal poverty line.
“The good news is among all these drugs of abuse, heroin and opioids have the best treatment medications available. Especially, Methadone and buprenorphine not only reduce the dying chances from an opioid overdose by 50%, but they also support people from their addiction, thereby reduce health care costs , thus improving an array of other outcomes,” said an associate professor of health services, Caleb Banta-Green, at the University of Washington, while Banta Green was not a part of this study.