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Opioid OD Deadbird, centered in 8 states

FRIDAY, February 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) – The US opioid-dosed death has quadrupled over the past two decades, and the highest figures are now seen in eight Eastern states, a new study shows. These states are: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire and Ohio. The researchers also found that the opioid death rate has increased the fastest in the District of Columbia, more than tripling each year since 2013, and that the opioid mortality rate in Florida and Pennsylvania doubled every two years. "Although opioid-related mortality has been stereotyped as a rural income prevention phenomenon concentrated among the Appalachian or Midwestern states, it has spread rapidly, especially among the Eastern states," the researchers wrote. The analysis of data from the US Census and the National Center for Health Statistics suggests that the epidemic of opioid overdose has evolved as three waves. The first wave, f rom the 1 990s up to 2010, was associated with prescription opioid analgesics (such as OxyContin). The second wave, from 2010 until recently, was associated with a large increase in heroin-related deaths. The third and current wave, which began around 2013, involves a rapid increase in deaths associated with synthetic opioids, such as tramadol (Ultram) and fentanyl. It is likely that synthetic opioids have also contaminated the production process of illegal drugs, e.g. such as cocaine and methamphetamine, and is no longer limited to heroin, says study author Mathew Kiang, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. "People are not aware that their drugs…

FRIDAY, February 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) – The US opioid-dosed death has quadrupled over the past two decades, and the highest figures are now seen in eight Eastern states, a new study shows.

These states are: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire and Ohio.

The researchers also found that the opioid death rate has increased the fastest in the District of Columbia, more than tripling each year since 2013, and that the opioid mortality rate in Florida and Pennsylvania doubled every two years.

“Although opioid-related mortality has been stereotyped as a rural income prevention phenomenon concentrated among the Appalachian or Midwestern states, it has spread rapidly, especially among the Eastern states,” the researchers wrote.

The analysis of data from the US Census and the National Center for Health Statistics suggests that the epidemic of opioid overdose has evolved as three waves.

The first wave, f rom the 1

990s up to 2010, was associated with prescription opioid analgesics (such as OxyContin). The second wave, from 2010 until recently, was associated with a large increase in heroin-related deaths. The third and current wave, which began around 2013, involves a rapid increase in deaths associated with synthetic opioids, such as tramadol (Ultram) and fentanyl.

It is likely that synthetic opioids have also contaminated the production process of illegal drugs, e.g. such as cocaine and methamphetamine, and is no longer limited to heroin, says study author Mathew Kiang, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

“People are not aware that their drugs are spinning and more potent than they expected and put them at higher risk of overdose,” explained Kiang in a press release from the university.

The researchers also found that opioid overdose deaths occur in a larger number of people and there have been significant increases in the death of opioid overdose among black Americans.

The 26 percent increase in opioid overdose deaths among blacks between 2016 and 2017 is the largest increase among any breed group, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The new study was published online on February 22 in JAMA Network Open .

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