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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 07:54

Why did Opioid Deaths surpass traffic fatalities in the U.S.?

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According to the CDC, there were 47,600 overdose deaths in the United States involving opioids in 2017.  Thi is nearly 67% of the 70, 237 overall overdose deaths that year.

The National Safety Council has recommended six ways to strengthen laws aimed at lowering opioid deaths. Georgia is one of only 13 states to adopt at least 5 of those recommendations.  These key actions are helping Georgia do better than the national average.

The council has recommended continuing education for doctors who prescribe opioid painkillers. In 2016, 61 million Americans received a prescription for an opioid.

The way the need starts for so many is they go to a doctor, they get prescribed opioids, and there’s that need.”

The dramatic increase in opioid deaths is most likely linked to fentanyl. When laced with fentanyl, street drugs become more potent and more deadly.

People don’t know what they’re getting out there on the street,saysf the Georgia Overdose Prevention. People think they’re getting a Xanax and they’re getting straight fentanyl.

In 2017, Georgia adopted a law giving first responders easier access to Naloxone, a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose and save lives.

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  • checked: https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/outreach/why-guy/why-did-opioid-deaths-surpass-the-number-of-traffic-fatalities-in-the-us/85-d12b39da-57d0-4ba0-87be-2371c33a547e
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