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US opioid deaths increase four times in 20 years: study – Xinhua


File Photo: Overdose rescue packs sit on board during the Opioid Overdose Prevention Training class provided by Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, New York, USA, April 5, 2018. (Xinhua / REUTERS)

WASHINGTON, February 22 (Xinhua) – A new study showed that opioid-related deaths in the United States have increased four times in the last two decades and have spread rapidly in eastern eastern parts of the country.

The study published on Friday in the JAMA Network Open magazine found that opioid deaths caused by synthetic such as fentanyl have been more than heroin deaths.

Researchers from Stanford University, Harvard University and Toronto University tracked the evolution of three stages of an opioid crisis. The first wave of deaths related to opioids from the 1990s to 2010 were linked to drug drug drugs and the second started from 2010 related to heroin-related deaths.

The third wave began around 2013 and saw a rapid rise in mortgages associated with illegal manufactured synthetic opioids, such as tramadol and fentanyl, according to the study.

It was found that a wider range of populations were affected, with the spread of the epidemic from rural areas to urban areas.

In addition, the Disease Control and Prevention Centers (CDC) reported that African African experienced the greatest increase in opioid overdose deaths from 2016 to 2017, with a 26 per cent increase.

On average, 130 Americans died of opioid overdose daily in 2017, according to CDC.

The fastest-rate opioid mortality rate in Washington, DC, has more than traveled every year since 2013, while Florida and Pennsylvania see their mortality-related rates of opioid doubled every two years, according to the study.

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