Fentanyl Most Commonly Used Drug Involved in Overdose Deaths
was involved in almost 29 percent of all overdose deaths in 2016, making it the
most commonly used drug involved in overdose fatalities, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
rate of drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl jumped by about 113 percent
each year from 2013 through 2016, CNN
total number of drug overdose deaths increased 54 percent each year between
2011 and 2016. There were 63,632 drug overdose deaths in the United States in
overdoses involved more than one drug, the CDC found. Two-fifths of
cocaine-related overdose deaths in 2016 also involved fentanyl, and almost
one-third of fentanyl-related overdoses also involved heroin. More than one-fifth
of meth-related fatal overdoses also involved heroin.
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