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U.S. Opioid Crisis Deadlier Than Global Terrorism in 2017, Say Feds

U.S. Opioid Crisis Deadlier Than Global Terrorism in 2017, Say Feds

Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows ME is the sixth worst state when it comes to an increase in overdose deaths.

The CDC says 407 people died from drug overdoses in ME during that time, up from 367 deaths in 2016.

But predicted trends in Hawaii in 2017 moved opposite of the national overdose numbers. A previous version stated that it had the highest number of deaths. The 2017 count represents a twofold increase over a decade, the CDC says.

In addition, the administration is aiming to cut down on opioid production, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and fentanyl.

Opioids are the biggest cause of overdose deaths.




In 2017, opioids killed an average of 135 each day.

The DEA went on to add that quotas for cannabis and other drugs "reflects the total amount of controlled substances necessary to meet the country's medical, scientific, research, industrial, and export needs for the year and for the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks".

Opium poppy cultivation and heroin production in Mexico, believed to be the primary source of heroin for the US market, have continued to surge, providing traffickers a steady stream of high-purity, low-priced heroin to market throughout the United States... Illicit fentanyl and other synthetic opioids - primarily sourced from China and Mexico and shipped directly to the United States or trafficked overland via Mexico and Canada - are contributing factors in the current synthetic opioid overdose epidemic. It is the third straight year that reductions in opioid manufacturing have been proposed.

For opioid users anxious about becoming abusers, the USA has over 14,000 substance abuse treatment facilities and a national helpline operated by the Department of Health and Human Services.


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