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Deaths from opioid overdoses set a record in 2014
The Washington Post

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have pored over the data reported below and declared Friday that the 28,647 deaths from prescription opioids and heroin set a record in 2014. Deaths involving powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl rose by more than 80 percent, and a number of states experienced large increases in overdose deaths from the previous year, CDC also said.

More than six in 10 drug overdose deaths were caused by opioids in 2014 as the prescription drug epidemic continued to worsen and the pace of heroin fatalities surged even more rapidly. “Past misuse of prescription opioids is the strongest risk factor for heroin initiation and use,” the agency reported in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, “specifically among persons who report past-year dependence or abuse.”