Drug overdoses are expected to remain the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, as synthetic opioids — primarily fentanyl and its analogues — continue to push the death count higher.
Fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than morphine.
Is there’s an epidemic and is this a “national” public health emergency? About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined…
- The First Count of Fentanyl Deaths in 2016: Up 540% in Three Years, nytimes, SEPT. 2, 2017.
- Opioids, a Mass Killer We’re Meeting With a Shrug, nytimes, JUNE 22, 2017.
- Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever, nytimes, JUNE 5, 2017.
- Featured image voicesinbioethics, 2016/04/25.