According to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 72,000 people died from drug overdoses in the US in 2017.
The CDC estimates 72,287 Americans died from overdoses in 2017, an increase of roughly 10% and a new record.
Most of the overdose deaths – almost 49,000 – were caused by opioids, according to CDC. Fueling the opioid epidemic in recent years is the increase in Fentanyl, which the CDC says killed more than 29,000 people in 2017.
The 72,000 people dead from overdoses amounts to nearly 200 people per day and is more than car accidents, HIV or guns have ever killed in a year, according to the New York Times.
The numbers are preliminary and experts are saying the number will most likely be higher, as some toxicology reports may not have been finished.
So, those are the numbers, but unfortunately it seems like new records have been announced every year and nothing ever happens. The fact of the matter is that there is still a heavy stigma attached to addiction and many people will never care if addiction doesn’t ever impact them or their family. Many people will continue to help raise awareness and do everything in their power to fight this epidemic, but we live in a society where countless people still don’t even believe addiction is a disease. Sad. Wake up America. People are dying every 8 minutes from an overdose, literally.