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Fentanyl Is Now the Leading Cause of All Overdose Deaths

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The synthetic opioid fentanyl has surpassed heroin and oxycodone as the leading cause of overdose deaths in the U.S.
  • In 2016, fentanyl was involved in nearly 30 percent of drug overdose deaths, accounting for more than 18,300 deaths that year — a sharp rise from 2011, when the drug was involved in just 4 percent of such deaths
  • The rate of drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl doubled each year from 2013 through 2016, from 0.6 per 100,000 in 2013 to 5.9 in 2016
  • Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s up to 100 times stronger than morphine; developed for the treatment of cancer pain, it may be offered off-label for less severe chronic pain and injuries; it’s also widely available on the black market

We’re in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S., and the synthetic opioid fentanyl has now surpassed heroin and oxycodone as the leading cause of overdose deaths. In 2016, fentanyl was involved in nearly 30 percent of drug overdose deaths, accounting for more than 18,300 deaths that year. It’s a sharp rise from 2011, when the drug was involved in just 4 percent of such deaths.

In 2011, oxycodone, the active drug in prescription painkillers such as Percodan and Percocet, was responsible for the most overdose deaths. The title then transitioned to heroin from 2012 to 2015, and now fentanyl.


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