Drug Overdoses Soar By 14 Percent In Just One Year

The number of Americans who have died from a drug overdose attributable to opioids soared by 14 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report revealed that between 2000 and 2014 a stunning 500,000 people have died as a result of drug overdoses, with substances like heroin and prescription drugs playing a big role.

The dramatic increase in overdoses does not appear to be limited to any particular group, with increases among both men and women, non-Hispanic whites and blacks, and adults almost all ages. The five states with the highest rates of overdose are West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky, and Ohio.