Drug overdose deaths rise by 21 percent in 2016: CDC

Drug overdose deaths rise by 21 percent in 2016: CDC

Drug overdose related deaths increased by 21 percent across the United States, as per the latest report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC report informed that 20 people on an average died for every 100,000 Americans in year 2016. The report added that death due to heart disease, HIV, liver disease and suicide declined during the period under review.

Opioid crisis has been declared as a health emergency by the U. S. government and medical staff has been directed to take required steps to deal with the situation. Under emergency status, the Trump administration and Department of Health and Human Services can allocate more resources and funds for addressing the issue. Drug overdose cases have been rising over the last few years and steps taken by medical agencies have proved futile.

Even with decline in death rate due to heart disease, cancer and HIV, the overall mortality rate has increased compared to the same period last year. While medical facilities have improved over the last few years, some treatments have gone out of reach of many Americans. Recent reviews of cost of medicines has found that for many important conditions, the cost of treatment has gone up by more than 200 percent during the past five years.

President Trump had indicated during his election campaign that quick rise in the cost of drugs will be checked.