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Drug Addiction, Facts About Addiction, Substance Abuse  |  January 18, 2018

New provisional data has been released from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the drug crisis in America – and the news is discouraging.

From May 2016 to May 2017, 17% more drug-related deaths were reported in the U.S. when compared to the previous 12-month period.

What does that stat mean in real terms?

Nearly 70,000 lives lost annually.

And in Connecticut and New Hampshire?

Connecticut saw a 16.4% increase in deaths (year/year) from drug overdoses (31.4 deaths per 100,000 people from opioids).

New Hampshire saw a 0.5% increase in deaths (year/year) from drug overdoses (31.3 deaths per 100,000 people from opioids).

If that’s not scary enough – let’s look at the rate of opioid prescriptions per 100 people in both states. (This data continues to astonish us…)

In Connecticut, physicians prescribed 55.9 opioid prescriptions per 100 people during the study period.

In New Hampshire, physicians prescribed 64.3 opioid prescriptions per 100 people during the study period.

This data begs the question – how is it possible that physicians are still writing prescriptions for opioids at this rate?

Have they not seen the latest research on the dangers of these drugs?

Do they not read the paper – or watch the news?

Something must be done and done soon to rein in these prescribing habits. Physicians are literally feeding a truly deadly inferno of addiction.

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