On December 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a press release that declared, “The opioid crisis is now a public health emergency.
All states and localities must take immediate and appropriate steps to address the growing opioid epidemic.”
In the press release, the CDC cited “the growing availability of prescription opioids” as the major reason for the epidemic’s sudden increase.
As NPR’s Sara Murray noted at the time, “We know there are about 300 million Americans who have used prescription opioids, and about 10 million of them have died.”
The CDC also noted that “about half of all Americans who use prescription opioids have died.
That means that more than 6 million Americans are using these drugs for a serious, chronic disease.”
It’s not a particularly surprising claim.
Over the past few decades, there’s been an exponential increase in the use of prescription painkillers, as opioid-related deaths have surged.
In 2014, the US was the only developed country without a national prescription opioid overdose death rate of over 100 per 100,000, according to the Centers on Disease Control.
Over in Canada, opioid-use rates dropped in 2016 after a two-decade spike.
This year, the national death rate has fallen to just over 100 deaths per 100 of 1,000 people, according the Canadian Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CCDP).
According to a 2015 study by the National Centre for Health Statistics, more than 100,00 Americans die each day from prescription opioid overdoses.
The Centers for Diseases Control and Protection’s latest figures also revealed that opioid-induced death rates among adults aged 65 and older increased from 4.9 per 100 in 2014 to 6.3 per 100 this year.
These numbers represent the highest rates ever recorded, and they’re likely a reflection of the growing use of opioids in the US.
According to the CDC, the average age of the US population has increased from 65 to 74 since 2015, while the number of opioid-involved deaths has increased by more than 20% in the same time period.
In addition, there have been numerous instances of overdose deaths resulting from opioid use.
In the first three months of 2018, a total of 2,957 people died from opioid overdoses in the United States, according a new report by the CDC.
This represents an increase of almost 80% from the first quarter of 2018 to the first full month of 2018.
The report noted that in the first seven months of this year, “the rate of opioid overdose deaths increased from 5 per 100 to 6 per 100 people.”
The majority of the increase occurred among those between the ages of 18 and 24, with overdose deaths among those 65 and over increasing by over 50%.
The CDC reported that there have already been nearly 50,000 overdose deaths in the U.S. due to prescription opioid use in 2018, and it’s expected that number will continue to rise.
The CDC’s latest report also noted a spike in overdose deaths during the first few months of 2019, as people continued to turn to prescription opioids for pain relief.
According a press statement from the CDC: Opioid use in the most recent five months was highest in December, January, and February, but this was not statistically significant because of a one-month drop in December and a one percent decrease in January.
In April, the first month of opioid use, the number and type of deaths among the most vulnerable groups rose.
The increase was also greater among women, who have higher overdose rates than men, and non-Hispanic blacks, who are more likely to die from opioids than whites.
This may be due to the increased use of oxycodone, a stronger painkiller than fentanyl.
It’s also likely that the increase in opioid-associated deaths has been fueled by a surge in overdose-related fatalities during the summer months.
During the summer of 2018 alone, the largest number of deaths occurred during the time of peak opioid use: the period from June to August, when more than 4 million people died, according data from the Centers to Prevent Drug Abuse (CDPA).
The CDC did not report data for the first six months of 2017, which may have impacted the overall number of overdose-associated death deaths.
According the CDPA’s annual report, the rate of overdose death increased between April to June, 2016.
During that same time, the rates of deaths from other drugs and deaths from non-fatal injuries also increased during the same period.
Opioids have been linked to serious mental health problems.
According an analysis published by the Harvard School of Public Health, “Opioid-related mortality rates among persons 65 years and older have been increasing since 2002.”
The study found that “in 2015, opioid use was the leading cause of death among persons age 65 and above.”
In 2015, opioids accounted for about half of deaths of people aged 65 to 94, while prescription opioids accounted of about four-fifths of deaths in people aged 85 and over.
During this same time frame, the prevalence