More People Died From Drug Overdoses Than from Guns or Car Crashes in 2017

The heartbreaking data of the drug overdose epidemic continues to roll in. 

After a deadly year, drug overdoses are expected to have taken the lives of nearly 72,000 Americans — more than gun violence or car crashes. 

According to provisional data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 69,703 Americans died from drug overdoses, almost ten thousand more than in 2015, when 59,902 people died. 

Of the 2017 drug overdoses, those caused by opioids outnumber the deaths caused by cocaine, heroin, and methadone combined. 

To compare, in Quarter 2 of 2017, drug overdoses killed more than firearms, HIV, suicide, and influenza. Drug overdoses caused the deaths of 21 out of every 100,000 Americans. 

Deaths per 100,000

  • Firearms – 12.2
  • HIV – 1.8
  • Suicide – 14.1
  • Influenza and Pneumonia – 16.9
  • Kidney Disease – 15.5
  • Drug Overdoses – 21.0

Many turned to Twitter to express their shock and concern with the growing epidemic.

President Donald Trump declared the fighting the opioid epidemic as one of his top priorities, touting the record number of prescription drugs returned during the Department of Justice’s prescription Take Back Day

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Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are also working on a bipartisan bill to help reduce the presence of deadly synthetic drugs in the United States. 

Hopefully, this will be one area where the two parties can put politics aside to work together to end the epidemic. 

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