Opioids cause 63 percent of drug overdose deaths

Posted at 11:17 AM, Apr 18, 2017

Opioids continue to be what leads to the most drug overdoses in the United States.

The most recent statistics shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 63 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2015 involved opioids — that's more than 33,000 people. Nearly 13,000 of those were because of heroin.

The numbers show an average of 91 opioid overdose deaths per day in America.

"The number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled since 1999," the CDC reported. Heroin-related overdose deaths were up 21 percent from 2014 to 2015.

The CDC has created a a page on its website devoted to helping medical providers fight the opioid overdose epidemic. It has also launched a mobile app for those who write prescriptions, and it includes an MME calculator.