Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose
deaths from fentanyl increased, especially when mixed with other opioids, benzodiazepines, cocaine or methamphetamine.
caused the acute respiratory depression in both cases.
"Better understanding the demographics of workers, and the workers and industries most affected by drug overdoses
, has implications on prevention programs developed for workplaces," said Dr.
Researchers used electronic health records to track the history of patients to see if they had dose changes and overdoses
from opioid pain medications and other opioid drugs.
The number of drug overdose
deaths involving fentanyl increased from 1,663 in 2011 to 18,335 in 2016, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a report released Thursday, presstv reported.
Given that an estimated 100,000 people inject drugs in New York, the researchers note that no single intervention is likely to reverse the persistent increase in mortality from drug overdoses
. However, they stress the importance of employing all evidence-based methods to reduce mortality, including increasing access to medication-assisted treatment and increasing naloxone distribution.
NEW FEDERAL STATISTICS suggest that the opioid epidemic in the United States is evolving as physicians crack down on the use of prescription painkillers: Fatal drug overdose
deaths rose by 12% from 2016 to 2017, boosted by a wave of fatalities linked to illicit synthetic opioids like fentanyl that are now linked to an estimated 60% of opioid-related deaths.
Universal fentanyl testing by local medical examiners and inclusion of drug-specific language on death certificates can aid surveillance and address the role of fentanyl in drug overdoses
. Community-level educational outreach is indicated when an increase in fentanyl involvement is detected.
A West Virginia county saw a more than 40 percent drop in the number of non-fatal drug overdoses
last year as compared to 2017.
While many reports point to illicit fentanyl as fueling the current opioid addiction and overdose
crisis, new research finds that prescribed fentanyl is likely playing a significant role as well.
The number of people who died of drug overdoses
in the United States in 2017 was 70,237.