FAST FIVE: More Americans Died From Drug Overdoses In 2017 Than Guns, Car Crashes, & Suicide Together
Authored by Anna Giaritelli via The Washington Examiner, Drug overdoses led to more deaths in the US in 2017 than any year on record and were the leading cause of death in the country, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration report issued Friday.
More than 72,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2017, according to the NIH – about 200 per day.
The DEA attributed last year's uptick in deaths to a spike in opioid-related fatalities.
Of those opioid deaths, synthetic opioids were responsible for nearly 20,000.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions noted one positive trend in the study.