The opioid epidemic in the United States has exploded in recent years, with more than 40,000 Americans dying from an opioid overdose in 2016, an average of 115 people every day. New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association would seem to suggest that one factor in this horrific trend may be the rise in synthetic opioid use.
According to the study, which analyzed mortality data found in death certificates recorded with the National Vital Statistics System between 2010 and 2016, synthetic opioids, accounting for 46% of all fatal opioid overdoses, have surpassed the overdose fatality rate of prescription opioids, which accounted for only 40% of all fatal opioid overdoses.
The researchers warned that synthetic opioids are increasingly found in illicit supplies of heroin, cocaine, and counterfeit pills. Fentanyl, which can be between 50-100 times more potent than heroin, is singled out as one of the main substances fueling the dramatic rise in fatal overdoses caused by synthetic opioids.
Opioids are a highly addictive substance, and the risk of deadly overdose to regular opioid users are serious. If you are worried that you or someone you love may be developing an opioid addiction, seek professional attention right away.
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