Fatal drug overdoses hit record high in US, government figures show

In 2014 more people died in America from drug overdoses than from car accidents, with heroin and opioids responsible for the majority of deaths
The Guardian (UK)
Saturday, December 19, 2015

heroin-black-tarDeaths from drug overdoses have surged across the US to record levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationwide, overdose deaths last year exceeded 47,000, more than the number of people killed in car accidents and up 7% from the previous year. The CDC said 61% of the deaths involved some type of opioid pain relievers and heroin. The count also included deaths involving powerful sedatives, cocaine and other legal and illicit drugs. (Rapid rise of heroin use in US tied to prescription opioid abuse, CDC suggests | We have lost the War on Drugs)