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How Many People Have Died of Overdose?

About 64,000 people died of drug overdose in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number includes overdoses from all drugs the CDC tracks. Deaths from overdose have been increasing since 1999. In that year, fewer than 20,000 people died from overdose. This number increased steadily until 2011, when more thanRead More

When Should I Send Someone to the ER for an Overdose?

If you think someone is overdosing, unless you are already in the car and near the hospital, it’s better to call 911 than to go to the emergency room. Someone who is overdosing is hardly breathing or not breathing at all and there will probably not be time to put the person in the carRead More

How Many People Overdose on Drugs?

The worst end of addiction for you and your family is death by overdose. This typically happens when a drug suppresses your nervous system to the point where you stop breathing or your heart stops beating. After that, death occurs in a matter of minutes if you don’t get treatment. The Centers for Disease ControlRead More

Why are Men More Likely to Die from a Heroin Overdose?

According to the National Institutes of Health, men are about five times more likely than women to die of a heroin overdose. Deaths from heroin overdose have increased exponentially in recent years for both men and women, but the ratio has remained about the same. Why do so many more men die of heroin overdose?Read More

What Do I Do If Someone Overdoses On Opioids?

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, 20.5 million Americans suffer from a substance abuse disorder. Two-million of those disorders involve prescription painkillers while over 500,000 involve heroin.  Even more alarming, in 2015 there were over 20,000 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers and nearly 13,000 overdose deaths related to heroin.  This isRead More