Fentanyl Highest Reported Drug Connected To Overdose Deaths

NATIONWIDE — A study released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday morning showed the top drugs connected to the high numbers of overdose deaths across the country. 

In 2016, the report shows, that one drug stood out as the most frequently mentioned drug associated with an overdose death and that was fentanyl.

Years before reports showed that oxycodone and heroin topped the lists as the most commonly reported during in overdose deaths from 2012-2015. 

The CDC reports in 2017, over 75,000 people died from an overdose, which averages out to around 200 people a day. Of the 75,000 people who overdosed, about 20,000 of those involved fentanyl. These numbers spiked from 2016 when data shows 64,000 people had overdosed during that year. 

Furthermore, studies released showed the 10 most frequently mentioned drugs — which also included hydrocodone, methadone, and morphine — were often found in combination in people who died of overdoses.

To help reverse opioid overdoses, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Kaleo, the manufacturer of the $4,100 device, will be introducing a new generic version of the automated naloxone injector at a lower cost. 

Kaleo announced Wednesday morning it will produce an identical version of the device with a retail tag price of $178 for a set of two. They additionally stated first responders and health departments will be offered the brand-name product at the same price. 

The sudden change comes amid criticism the manufacturer was using the opioid crisis to charge a high price. 

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