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CDC Examines Adult Opioid Dependence, Deaths Over Time

A data brief issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the surge in opioid dependence and opioid-related deaths in the U.S. between 1999 and 2012 indicates “growing public health problems.” According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, opioid analgesic sales quadrupled from 1999 to 2010, while opioid-related deaths more than tripled between 1999 and 2012. Adults aged 40 and over were found more likely to use opioid analgesics, and women had higher usage rates than men. The report also includes estimates and trends, both overall and by selected subgroups.