At a time when the country seems hopelessly divided, health officials are here to remind us of something that unites Americans from all walks of life: overdose deaths from opioids.
A report from the
The picture that emerges is of a public health crisis affecting almost every segment of the country.
"From 2015 to 2016, opioid-related deaths increased in males and females, and in individuals ≥ 1
Their results appear in the weekly edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Here is a look at the numbers of how the opioid epidemic develops.  42,249
The number of deaths from accidental opioid overdose in the United States in 2016. This figure represents 66% of all drug overdose deaths this year.
The age-adjusted mortality rate for opioid deaths in 2016 This means that for every 100,000 Americans, 13.3 have died from taking a heavy dose of opioids.
By adjusting the age, researchers can estimate how many deaths would have occurred if each state had the same age distribution of residents. Then they can draw comparisons between states that are younger and states with a higher proportion of older people.
Thus, the mortality rate of opioid overdoses increased in just one year between 2015 and 2016. 2015 there were 10.4 opioid overdose deaths per 100,000 people
56.1%  The increase in fatal opioid-related overdoses in Americans classified as non-Hispanic blacks between 2015 and 2016. This was the largest increase in all races or ethnic groups group
Asians and Pacific Islanders came second with 36.4%, followed by Latinos with 32.6%. For whites, the death toll for opioid overdoses increased by 25.9% and among the Native Americans by 14.9%.
Sun died in 2016 after an overdose of one opioid per 100,000 inhabitants of West Virginia. It was the highest age-adjusted death rate among states with reliable data.
Other high-mortality states included New Hampshire (35.8 deaths per 100,000 people), Ohio (32.9 deaths per 100,000 people), the District of Columbia (30 deaths per 100,000 people), Maryland (29.7 deaths per 100,000 people) and Massachusetts (also 29.7 deaths per 100,000 people)
The death toll for opioid overdose for Texas. This was the lowest rate among states in the study.
This is the nationwide rise in deaths from prescription opioid medications. In 2015, there were 15,281 such deaths; by 2016 it was 17,087.
The nationwide increase in fatal overdoses associated with synthetic synthetic opioids other than methadone. In other words, the death toll associated with these drugs doubled between 2015 and 2016.
Thus, the mortality rate from synthetic opioids rose between Latinos and Asians and Pacific Islanders between 2015 and 2016. In other words, it tripled.
How often the CDC report mentions illegally produced Fentanyl or IMF. The researchers said the IMF is "very potent" and likely to fuel the increase in overdose deaths with synthetic opioids.
"IMF is now being blended into fake opioid and benzodiazepine pills, heroin, and cocaine, which probably contributes to an increase in overdose death rates for other substances," they wrote.
For 100,000 people living in the United States, so many died of overdose of heroin in 2016. The rate was nearly 20% higher in 2016 than it was in 2015.
The death rate due to heroin overdose in the District of Columbia. At the other end of the spectrum were Oklahoma and Hawaii, both of which had 1.4 deaths per 100,000 people.
The number of "waves" in the epidemic of opioid overdose deaths, said the CDC researchers. The first wave began in the 1990s, a series of prescription painkillers. The second wave followed in 2010, marked by fatal overdoses of heroin.
The current wave can be attributed to the increase in IMF and other synthetic opioids as of 2013. By 2016, these drugs accounted for 45.9% of all opioids overdose deaths in the US
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