2015 CDC Wonder Drug Poisoning Death Data Now Available
The NDEWS Coordinating Center wants to inform you that 2015 drug poisoning deaths data from CDC WONDER in now available. A new release from the White House included the following Summary of 2015 Drug Overdose Data:
"According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids rose from 28,647 in 2014 to 33,091 in 2015.
- Heroin overdose deaths rose from 10,574 in 2014 to 12,990 in 2015, an increase of 23 percent.
- Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone rose from 5,544 in 2014 to 9,580 in 2015, an increase of 73 percent. This category of opioids is dominated by fentanyl-related overdoses, and recent research indicates the fentanyl involved in these deaths is illicitly manufactured, not from medications containing fentanyl.
- Taken together, 19,885 Americans lost their lives in 2015 to deaths involving primarily illicit opioids: heroin, synthetic opioids other than methadone (e.g., fentanyl), or a mixture of the two.
- Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids, excluding the category predominated by illicit fentanyl, rose only slightly from 16,941 in 2014 to 17,536 in 2015, a 4% increase.
- NOTE: A portion of the overdose deaths involved both illicit opioids and prescription opioids."
These data are compiled from the CDC’s WONDER database.
Additional information on the Administration's efforts to address the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic can be found here.