The Drug Overdose Epidemic

In America the drug overdose death rate rose from 6.1 per 100,000 in 1999 to 16.3 per 100,000 in 2015, an increase of 167%.
- CDC, Drug Poisoning Mortality: United States, 1999–2015

"In 2014, the overdose death rate for whites ages 25 to 34 was five times its level in 1999, and the rate for 35- to 44-year-old whites tripled during that period. The numbers cover both illegal and prescription drugs."
- Gina Kolata and Sarah Cohenjan, Drug Overdoses Propel Rise in Mortality Rates of Young Whites, NYT, Jan. 16, 2016

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.
- JOSH KATZ, Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever, NYT, JUNE 5, 2017

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