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Too many times, our police officers, EMTs and other first responders see first-hand the dangers of overdoses, she said.
Specifically in 25 states (Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin), opioid overdose deaths dropped 5% overall, but fentanyl-related deaths increased 11%.
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.
This likely also contributed to the decrease in overdose deaths.
The researchers found that compared with rural counties, urban counties had a higher age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths in 2017 (22.0 versus 20.0 per 100,000, respectively).
"Every day, we see lives around us being changed and lost to overdose. Overdose does not discriminate - it could be you or someone you love, a friend, colleague or your neighbor.
Among 70,237 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2017, 47,600 (67.8%) involved an opioid.
* The largest category of drugs used in workplace overdose deaths were illicit drugs such as cocaine, cannabinoids and heroin.
5XThinking's CEO, Simon Hall, will now become Overdose Digital's managing director for EMEA, and will work alongside the existing leadership team to drive further growth for the organisation, as well as continue to deliver high performance eCommerce strategies.
"This study suggests going up and down on opioid doses -- also called dose variability -- could present an increased risk of overdose. Through this study, we also found eventually discontinuing opioid therapy may prevent overdoses," said Ingrid.
Many states have adopted policies aimed at combatting the overdose epidemic.
Americans are now more likely to die from a drug overdose than a car accident, making drug abuse the leading cause if accidental death.
Weed overdose is very much real and here are the common signs of it happening.
For instance, prior to 2015, fentanyl accounted for less than three percent of New York overdose deaths annually; by 2016, it was 44%.
"Overall, the overdose epidemic continues to worsen, and it has grown increasingly complex by coinvolvement of prescription and illicit drugs," Lawrence Scholl, PhD, MPH, and his associates at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.