Magazine article American Nurse

Opioids Drive Increase in Drug Overdose Deaths

Magazine article American Nurse

Opioids Drive Increase in Drug Overdose Deaths

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Drug overdose deaths increased for the 1 1th consecutive year in 2010, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published Feb. 20 in a research letter, "Pharmaceutical Overdose Deaths, United States, 2010," in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

CDC s analysis shows that 38,329 people died from a drug overdose in the United States in 2010, up from 37,004 deaths in 2009. This continues the steady rise in overdose deaths seen over the past 1 1 years, starting with 16,849 deaths in 1999. Overdose deaths involving opioid analgesics have shown a similar increase. Starting with 4,030 deaths in 1999, the number of deaths increased to 15,597 in 2009 and 16,651 in 2010.

The researchers also found that drugs often prescribed for mental health conditions were involved in a significant number of pharmaceutical overdose deaths. Benzodiazepines were involved in nearly 30 percent (6,497) of these deaths; antidepressants in 18 percent (3,889), and antipsychotic drugs in 6 percent (1,351). …

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