A prescription opioid overdose death rate in the U.S. has soared for the first time since January, as the industry’s costs have soared and its supply has dried up, according to a new analysis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that there were nearly 4,500 opioid overdose deaths nationwide last year.
It is more than double the number of deaths in 2016.
That number of opioid deaths was also higher than in the previous year, and it represents a 14 percent increase from the year before.
It follows an increase of nearly 25 percent over the past three years.
The trend is likely linked to an influx of prescription opioid painkillers.
That surge, which has fueled an increase in overdoses and deaths, has prompted some states to impose more stringent restrictions on the drugs and other products.
“The opioid epidemic is still out of control and this data confirms it,” said Dr. Joseph L. Calabrese, the director of CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.
“In the United States, more Americans are dying every day of prescription opioids than in any year since 1999.
That means we have the highest opioid overdose rate in decades.”
The data also shows that the rate of deaths for a type of prescription painkiller called oxycodone is up more than 15 percent since last year, the highest in decades.
This increase in deaths has been driven by an increase from a combination of higher prices and new and stronger restrictions.
Some people said they didn’t understand why so many Americans were dying.
“I don’t think they know it,” one woman said in an interview.
“I think it’s a problem.
It’s just a lot of people taking the drug and then dying.”
Another woman, a woman who wished to remain anonymous, said she didn’t know what to do about her family.
“It’s just really bad,” she said.
“These people are going to die of their own damn fault,” she added.
Many families, including many struggling to make ends meet, said they have struggled to keep their loved ones alive.
“They are a family.
We don’t have much money, but we do have a roof over our heads,” said a man who asked that his name not be used to protect his family.
The numbers show that the opioid epidemic has become more prevalent than ever before.
In 2016, nearly 1 in 4 adults were using the drug at some point in their lives, and more than 10 million Americans used opioids.
The number of people who died from an opioid overdose rose 15 percent to 632,000, with nearly 4 in 5 people dying of an opioid-related death.
The majority of the increase was for people ages 50 to 64, with the majority of deaths occurring in the 25 to 54 age group.
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More: More: The data comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Drug Threat Assessment, which tracks drug abuse and mental health risks in the United Nations and international organizations.