New shocking numbers on how alcohol- and drug-related deaths are skyrocketing

US News & World Report has a good summary of a new study which shows our epidemic is only getting bigger and worse.

Some key points:

  • “A record-high 142,000 people died in 2016 from alcohol- and drug-induced fatalities and suicide.”
  • “Deaths from synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, roughly doubled from 2015 to 2016, from 9,600 to 19,400.”
  • “Drug-related death rates among black Americans and Latinos, with black Americans seeing a 39 percent increase from 2015 to 2016 and Latinos seeing a 24 percent increase. “

And those are only the 2016 numbers. Who knows how much worse it got in 2017. When will we start to treat addiction as a disease and tackle it with compassion and treatment?

Full piece here.