Overdose deaths are on the rise in every US state, breaking records in Nevada, California, and others.
According to a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in addition to the increase in the number of overdose deaths, the geographical extent of them is also becoming more widespread. There were some states, for example, that saw a decrease in overdose deaths, and others that saw an increase. This was especially the case with marijuana-related deaths, which went up steeply in a few states, such as Colorado and California.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 12 people die every day from an opioid overdose in the US. In 2017, more than 60,000 people died from opioid overdoses, with the main drugs being heroin, prescription opioids, and synthetic opioids.
Overdose deaths took a heavy toll on the lives of children as well, with more than 800 drug deaths involving minors and another thousand involving adults under the age of 25 in 2017.