"Overdose" Now The Leading Cause of Death Under 50

The opioid epidemic is now at a staggering level and America is being given a wake up call.

“The New York Times” has compiled figures that the medical community hopes makes families take action; last year over 59-thousand people died from overdoses. That is the largest annual jump in the numbers ever.

Sadly, the trend should be exceeded by the end of this year thanks to fentanyl and similar drugs being in the mix.

“The Times” got the data from hundreds of state health departments and county coroners and medical examiners. Together they represent data from states and counties that accounted for 76 percent of overdose deaths in 2015. Ohio is the leader of that group.

The largest overdose numbers have come from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Maine, and Florida as well. Several “save” shots are needed to revive victims who take some of the more potent opioids.

If you have a family member who is struggling with addiction, help can be found with Narconon.Source: New York Times

A needle, spoon, and narcotics bag are seen near a heroin encampment in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 10, 2017.   In North Philadelphia, railroad gulch as it is knowen, is ground zero in Philadelphia?s opioid epidemic. Known by locals as El Campanento, the open air drug market and heroin encampment is built with the discarded materials from the gulch and populated by addicts seeking a hit of heroin to keep their dope sick, or withdrawal symptoms, at bay. In one area, near the 2nd Avenue overpass, empty syringe wrappers blanket the refuse like grass  the used needles they once contained poking through like thistles. According to the city Health Commission, Philadelphia is on track to see 33 percent more drug overdose deaths in 2017 over last year.    / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER        (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

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